When I ran half-marathon #1 I ran in memory of my dad and helped raise funds for the American Stroke Association. For half-marathon #2 I ran in memory of my little neice who died from leukemia at the age of four and helped raise funds for the Leukemia-Lymphoma Foundation.
When I ran half-marathon #3, I ran it because of the convenience and to improve on my finishing time–which I did.
I already know the reason I’ll be running the full marathon in the fall of 2007. It goes hand-in-hand with a cd entitled, “No More Walls.” It has a song on it entitled, “Peace be to These Streets.”
I’ll be running for the streets of Tulsa to experience peace and freedom from strife, confusion, violence, crime, and drug addiction.
During the race, I’ll be humming to myself the tune of the song, “Peace Be to These Streets.”
I’ll be running for Tulsa!
I’m saying all this in response to the Red Fork Hippie Chick who says, “Come up with a good reason to run. If it’s all about you, it’s a lot harder to finish.”
I’m just wondering for what reason others are running. I don’t mean such reasons as fitness, weight loss, competition, endorphins, to socialize, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, speed up the metabolism, think more clearly or any of the regular stuff. Do you run for any reason outside yourself? Would love to hear your thoughts on this subject.
By the way, be sure to check out the hippie chick’s blog.