To be honest, I don't like to run. I don't get that "runners high". Don't get me wrong, I do feel good AFTER I run. And, it's not too bad.
More of a swimmer. Or a bike rider. That is why I LOVE triathlons. Just when you are tired of swimming, it's time to bike, then just as I begin to get bored on my bike, it's time to run. By that point, I'm over a 2/3 of the way done with the race. The running isn't so bad, there is an end in sight.
There is a line in the Back To the Future III movie - they have gone back into the Old West. One of the actors says to the Michael J Fox character "People run for fun?". That's how I feel.
Now my sons, they are gifted runners. I run.
Looking back at all the races I've done now, you would think I was a runner. I do run. Also looking back, I like how I look when I'm in shape to run. Toned. Able to breathe and run at the same time. It's does make me feel good - AFTER it's over. Plus, I run to music. Clear my head and sing along. Nothing but me and the road.
I run in races to complete goals. To have an achievement.
I run because I can. Because others can't. I run because it's just me. To see what I'm capable of. What my body can take. What my mind can handle.
Then it becomes a community. I am one with others. Hundreds and thousands of others. Yet, less than 1% of the world population has completed a marathon. Running in Greece - from Marathon to Athens, I was one with the world. Part of history. History of fighting. History of champions. History of Olympic athletes.
Less than 1%, but with 99% of the population whom continues to be astounded when someone wants to hurt others.
No, I haven't run the Boston Marathon. You have to QUALIFY to run the Boston Marathon. You must first run another marathon. Complete that other marathon within a certain time for your age group. THEN, you are put into a lottery and must run within 3 years of being chosen for your lottery spot. If you run GET to run the Boston Marathon, you are truly one of the chosen. That's more marathons that I would have to run than I ever want to run. I might change my mind one day.
For now, I will run for help. To help. So, I run again......