We all need a little inspiration, and as I think about gift giving this time of year, I considered that two of the best running things I ever received were from that running stronghold, Nike. Back before they were making great inroads with footwear, they were marketing heavily to women in the apparel line, and they had a shirt that I purchased which I proudly wore until it became far too small for me. Today, my mother wears it – and simply put, it says, in adorable purple script, that “Running is cheaper than therapy”. Yep. I enjoyed that.
It was followed by a little clock – the kind of paper clock with hand-turned dials that you see when the pharmacy has closed for lunch or the doctor is on a break. On the back, it had 12 lines of precious text about one topic: Gone Running. (Somewhere on this site, the copy still exists.)
It’s in that tribute that I provide the following bit of inspiration – mostly for myself. I hurt my knee in January and have been mostly walking and sulking since then, trying to get back into a groove without doing further damage. But last week I decided that even if I just walk – ONLY walk – or, maybe even walk with the occasional 30 second interval, I think I could be happy as a clam. Because it’s not the speed or the pace that has ever mattered – it’s what happens when I lace up my shoes and get out there. And that doesn’t change, regardless of the pace I run.
This, this is why I run.
Why do YOU run? Share in the comments, on FB, or even on Twitter – you can find me @plusrunner.
See you on the path.