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Links, Great Thoughts....There is So Much Great Stuff Out There

More great finds out there the last few weeks.  So many great runners and great thoughts.  I have yet to meet a runner that doesn't inspire me or teach me something.

  • Amy from Running Commentaries had a great post about "Wanting It".  Asking herself the question if it was worth it.  Trudging through a track work out that she didn't feel quite up to.  And then a walker on the track had this dialogue with her.   I thought it captured a conversation many runners have with themselves (or others):

    She tapped me on the shoulder and said, “you must really want it.” I was a little confused and responded with, “want what?” She said, “Whatever it is you’re chasing– you must really want it. No one is here taking attendance, no one would know if you quit. I’ve been watching and you don’t quit, you just seem so determined.” I responded “well, I guess I do want it… thanks!” It hit me midway through my next interval that I really do want “it.”

  • And from "Adventures of a Running Mom", a good thought on why she runs as she prepares for her third half marathon.   "I realized again that running is my therapy. It's my drug."   I think all of us moms need a little guilt free therapy time.
  • Great post on why she runs on the "100 Day's Club" blog:   "...but its more about the time to get out to clear the mind whether it be 20 minutes, or an hour. It just is nice to look around but not really zone in on anything but the task at hand. When I see the km´s add up on our challenge it makes me want to do even more-its a race against myself, a race to see how far I can push myself..."    And even better idea is the 100 Day Club.  It is an idea two womean created to take 100 days to get in shape without dieting or spending money - just good habits.
  • Happily Ever Now had a great post with quotes on why run as she prepares to take on a 50K race.  My favorite included the lines from Jack London,

     ”I would rather be ashes than dust! I would rather that my spark should burn out in a brilliant blaze than it should be stifled by dry-rot. I would rather be a superb meteor, every atom of me in magnificent glow, than a sleepy and permanent planet. The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days in trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” 

  • Culinary Designs  Solutions blog had this great thought about why he runs - even when it is hard, he is tired, and life is busy, "I remember why I run.  It’s not a punishment it’s a pleasure, a gift. 

  • And Bill, on his blog, My Training Blog, dug out one of his old posts to remind him why he runs.  I think it is worth sharing and remembering:  "I find this sport life affirming, spiritually enriching, ego gratifying, transformative, and even magical. It is alchemy. It is an elixer. I love the feeeling of running what seems like, at least to me, fast and forever, when almost everyone in their 50s does not or cannot run. I can and will continue to run as fast and far as I can and as long as I am able."

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What a great post! I'm newish to running and there have been many times that I've thought about quiting, but I don't for whatever reason. I took some time off when I had my first baby, but I'm back for more. I wanted to find "it" again.
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