“If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.” – Katherine Switzer

I am a runner. One of those annoying neon wearing, high-five giving, pavement pounding types.  And yes, I may just tell you how far I ran on Saturday in the (insert extreme weather condition here).  But bear with me!  My reasons for running go beyond the endorphin rush and cool fashion statements.

I run…..

  • Because it makes me feel alive! I know, I know.  How can something that can make you feel like you’re dying, simultaneously make you feel alive?  But it’s true. When your blood is pumping and your lungs are filling with air your body is buzzing with life.  After all, you are on THIS side of the pavement.
  • Because it helps me control stress. There’s nothing like a good cortisol burning session after a stressful week!  Couple that with the company of my running club friends at a local pub and life feels in balance again.
  • Because of the running community here. There is something very special about the inclusivity and diversity of this running tribe.  We come in all shapes, sizes and abilities.  Their love, support and laughter have enriched my life.
  • Because: Snot rockets. ‘nuff said.
  • Because I am blessed to be able to run when there are those who can’t. #StJudesKids
  • Because of cake.
  • Because I’ve learned that I can push through pain and doubt and come out on the other side with a greater understanding of who I am and what I am capable of.

Katherine Switzer said, “If you are losing faith in human nature, go out and watch a marathon.”

I couldn’t agree more.  The witnessing of raw perseverance and elation at a finish line is both inspiring and humbling.

Look for your Russell and Bode team to participate in a 5K later this year!