The Long and Winding Road to and from The Boston Marathon
For my April vacation this year, I will run my 5th Boston Marathon. After that? I am taking a week with the family to Block Island to enjoy some serious down time.
Recently, my 9-year old son asked, “Mom, why do you run anyway?” I stood there and looked at him and wanted to say, “because of you, your brother, and your 2 sisters!” But he continued with, “It is soooo boring and you can hurt your knees.”
As he walked away, I thought to myself, “why do I run anyway?” And this is what I came up with:
- I run FOR and FROM my family. Sometimes, if I just get 20 minutes of fresh air, I am a better mom. And I never use a jogging stroller: to me that is a mild form of torture. This is MINE and you cannot come.
- I run for control, for strength and for sanity: three things that I find I can never get to work altogether. EVER.
- I run for simplicity. One foot in front of the other. Nothing too fancy – just a decent pair of shoes and I am off.
- I run to get high fives from my kids at mile 19 and to hear them say, “Mom, what took you so long?!” and “Mom, there are a TON of runners in front of you!”
Bottom line: I run because I need lots of strength for both the long road ahead of me and the road left behind – the road that I am so thankful for.