Do you have a mantra? What is it (if you don't mind sharing it)?
Friday, December 21, 2012
A post on Nathan Performance Gear's Facebook page (here) got me thinking about mantras. It got me thinking, "What do I think about when I run?". The answer? I'm not totally sure. I try to keep my form correct, so I know I remind myself to stay upright (no thudding on the trails or pavement), light & fast steps (wow, I had to respell that...) and to keep control of my breathing. But none of those are montras. I started to remember back to the 2011 Labor Pains, my first ultra (I've only done 2, it's not like I'm an expert..yet). I thought a lot about a little girl I was running for, that I had helped to raise money for CFF in her name. Thinking about her and everyone's generosity made me smile. Running for someone truly made that run a great run. After the shooting death of a local athlete in the line of duty (he was a sheriff), one of his quotes popped up. It was about how we run (train) because we get to, not because we want to. During that summer (2011) and after, I started thinking about being able to run and not taking a single run for granted because you never knew which would be your last. Because, ultimately, one of your runs WILL be your last, and that I am running not only for myself, but for those who can't run for themselves whether because of injury, illness, disability, or death. I came up with a hybrid of these thoughts and I ended up with this: