Saturday, January 26, 2013

For a Runner,Happiness Is

In the next few posts we'll take a look at some different types of runners.The one I'll be referring to today is the runner who lives for the run.This is a runner,who in large part, determines how his day went by how his run went.His(her) life would be described by many as simple,free from an unhealthy preoccupation with possessions and money.She(he) still retains that child-like enthusiasm that,for most, is lost as we get older.What makes him happy and gives him pleasure might seem strange to those who don't have the love this person has for the purest of all sports,distance running.Consider the following and say 'Happiness Is' before each entry.I'll add a comment here and there after.
For a Runner,Happiness Is:
1.A new pair of running shoes.After all these years it still makes you feel good to get them.
2. Being with a core group of running friends you train and often race with.These are people who understand you and are a part of this running life you live.
3.That unexpected pr (personal record) or performance that seems to come out of nowhere.
4.The first beer you have with your running friends after that great run.They know how you feel and are interested in what you have to say.
5.That one route you train on where you always feel good running it. You find yourself looking forward to doing it each week.
6.The feeling you get when you realize that all your training for a big race is starting to come together. You feel light and smooth as you go.
7.A good meal a few hours after that easy long run and shower.
8.The cup of coffee you have from the place you make a point of stopping at on chilly mornings after your long run.
9.Finding closeout running gear that you can really use at incredibly low prices. I still treasure the Nike Pre running hoodie that was marked down forty dollars.
10.Travelling with friends to do a race out of town. The camaraderie,the time spent together,the anticipation of the race, as well as the race itself and the time spent after create memories that last for years.
I'm sure many of you can relate to the above.Treasure what you have,take nothing for granted.  

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes I think of myself as failing to grow up and assume adult ways of looking at life and the world. Thanks Dave... because this post validates how I feel about distance running and the amazing feeling I get from such a simple but wonderful activity. Whether it's a new pair of running shoes, old or new running friends, or the satisfaction one gets from pursuing an activity with the goal of being the best you can be.... old or young. I love it and appreciate your insight and intuition about the sport.