Ode to Running

”You have to wonder at times what you’re doing out there. Over the years, I’ve given myself a thousand reasons to keep running, but it always comes back to where it started. It comes down to self-satisfaction and a sense of achievement.” ~Steve Prefontaine

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“We run, not because we think it is doing us good, but because we enjoy it and cannot help ourselves…The more restricted our society and work become, the more necessary it will be to find some outlet for this craving for freedom. No one can say, ‘You must not run faster than this, or jump higher than that.’ The human spirit is indomitable.”   ~Sir Roger Bannister

I love running. I love thinking about it, talking about it, reading about it, and of course, doing it. I love the freedom of lacing up a pair of shoes and just moving — my own two feet against the open roads. I love that on any given day, running can give me something completely different — whether it be stress relief, therapy, time to think, a tough challenge, or just a moment of complete and total bliss. Running isn’t just something that I do; running defines who I am.

One thing that I love almost as much as running itself is reading the stories of other runners. How they got started in the sport, why they stuck with it, what it brings them, what they love and hate about it. So I started the Ode to Running Series as way to collect and share stories from runners of all shapes, sizes and abilities. Below are the links to the posts.

If you would like to contribute to the series, send me an email at lauren [at] healthontherun [dot] net

”Anybody can be a runner. We were meant to move. We were meant to run. It’s the easiest sport.”  ~Bill Rodgers

Jen’s Ode to Running: from rower to long-distance runner

Becky’s Ode to Running: a beginner’s journey to her first marathon

Lizzy’s Ode to Running: from sprinter to marathoner

Cathy’s Ode to Running: the plot-line of a romantic comedy

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