I run because I want to run, not because anyone is making me or because it gives me a great “high”. I run because my family needs me to live longer than a few more years. I run because it makes me feel better about myself. I run because it gets me away for a few minutes with few distractions beyond the neighborhood kids playing football in the yard or the cars that move over to give me room.
I choose to run.
A few days ago I learned that a colleague I had met with several times in another state passed away. He was much younger than me and probably much smarter than me. It was a shock, even though I didn’t know him well. That has made me a bit more philosophical lately. He was young and very successful in his line of work. He had a wife. He was a nice guy, at least from my interactions with him. What does this have to do with running?
No one knows what will happen tomorrow, today or even in the next minute. Life is what I make it by the grace and provision of God.
I don’t want to die saying I had no goals. I don’t want to leave this world at 278 lbs and having a heart attack because I couldn’t spare the time to work out. A lot of people plan on working out, running, walking or just getting into shape. I planned on it every day as I approached the 300 lbs mark. I never knew my grandfather because he died, overweight and in his 50’s. I don’t want to be that person. So I run.
Maybe I am a bit introspective today. I thank God everyday that I get to live and make the choice to stay home, love my lovely wife and be with my kids. I thank God that I am a 100 lbs lighter today than I was 18 months ago. I thank God that I can get out each day and run 5-10 miles. I really don’t enjoy the run, but that isn’t the reason I love running.
I love running because I can run. I have the freedom to run. I have the health to run. I can have the freedom and heath to believe that I can qualify for the Boston Marathon next year.
Who knows their future. I don’t. I don’t know if I will even be able to write this blog tomorrow. I THANK GOD that I am able to write this and didn’t pass away this past week. My colleague probably would have appreciated the same opportunities. He didn’t get them.
I run for Him. Good or bad, I am going to make the most of every opportunity.