“When people ask me why I run, I tell them, there’s not really a reason, it’s just the adrenalin when you start, and the feeling when you cross that finish line, and know that you are a winner no matter what place you got. “-Courtney Parsons
For your enjoyment…. thought Id share my personal overly passionate love for running…
Caroline’s “ODE TO RUNNING”
Running makes me feel ALIVE.
It’s my moment to move through the world.
I am able to take it all in – one step, one breath at a time. The strength in my legs. The oxygen in my lungs. The energy in my body and in the life around me.
Running is often a meditative state for me. Each step, each breath brings me peace. I notice little things I normally wouldn’t take the time to SEE. Wildflowers on the roadside, surfers catching waves, kids playing in the sand and dogs trying to join in. It’s a snapshot of LIFE and I feel part of the picture.
I have learned more about myself through running than any other sport. I’ve learned how to face challenges and how to work hard. I’ve learned how to deal with the heartbreaks of injury and how to recover smart. I’ve learned how to truly appreciate my body’s health and vitality. I’ve learned to “go hard”. I’ve learned to “let go”. But most importantly I’ve learned that to truly LEARN you must face your fears, lace up your sneakers, and just “GO“!
Every time I run I am THANKFUL. Overwhelmed by a sense of gratitude for my ability to run and connect to the world around me. It’s empowering, inspiring, and always leaves me smiling. It gives me a “life high” I can not describe…. other than:
RUNNING MAKES ME FEEL ALIVE.
Cant help it… here are a few more of my favorite running quotes!
“Running made me feel like a bird let out of a cage, I loved it that much.” Priscilla Welch
“Running has given me the courage to start, the determination to keep trying, and the childlike spirit to have fun along the way. Run often and run long, but never outrun your joy of running.” Julie Isphording, Marathon winner
“Do the work. Do the analysis. But feel your run. Feel your race. Feel the joy that is running.” Kara Goucher
“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.” – Maurice Greene