Are you smarter than a fifth grader? Do you know why you run?
There a popular shirt that running clubs use with the slogan “I run__” and you fill in the reason that’s most meaningful to you.
Sometimes when we compete, we start to think about running in terms of races and paces and goals and PRs. But is that why you run?
If races didn’t exist, would you still run? If your Garmin couldn’t track your fast pace, would you still try to go fast? If there were no MarathonFoto photographers waiting on the sideline to snap your pic, would you still smile during the run?
A few days ago, I had an opportunity to run with a 10 year old girl. Her sport of choice had been soccer for a few years but she kept getting injured so she recently decided to try something else. World Cup Season is not really the time most people give up on soccer, but her most recent soccer injury probably swayed her decision more than World Cup fever ever could.
She’s decided to give track a try so she came to the expert 🙂
So I went running with her and her dad. And whenever we would stop because we thought she was tired and needed a break, she would urge us, “We’re supposed to be running” or she would run ahead, turn around and run back to us. No GPS would track that kind of running but she didn’t care. She was running because she loved it.
After about a half mile, she asked me how far we had run. I told her half a mile. She asked how far we were going to run. I jokingly said “Five miles”, expecting her to balk at the idea and say it was too far. She just said ok and kept running. When we had gotten to two miles, she asked me how far and I told her two miles, she said, oh good, we have 3 more.
That’s the love of running.
I never want to forget that.
She is a fifth grader and she already understands. Running is its own reward. Medals are great. A training log is important. Getting a PR is proof that you are doing better than you were yesterday. But running is its own reward.
Sometimes you just need to run to remind yourself of that.
Eat Right, Live Right, RUNWRIGHT!
What’s been your most inspiring running moment lately?
How would you complete this statement? “I run__________”