It's entirely selfish
I run for myself....I don't do it to be a good role model (although if people find me inspiring - I think that is flattering), I don't run for my health (although it is a nice side effect), and I don't run to fulfill anyone's expectations of me. Running is my own creation. I don't have to follow anyone's rules. If I want to run at 1am - I can (providing someone is looking after my kids), if I don't want to taper - I don't have to. If I want to run when I'm sick - I'll do it. If I want to run 100 miles or more - that is my choice. I have no rules when I'm running...
Life is filled with so many impositions. Running is a decision I make that is free from that. It is selfish and indulgent - and that is probably why I love it so much : ).
Some people say "selfish" like it is a bad thing - but I think it is important to have things in your life that you do unapologetically for yourself. I certainly wouldn't want the "selfish" things in my life take over the majority of my time - but I figure an hour a day and a few hours on the weekend is not an excessive thing. Running helps me think - it makes me get outside and enjoy how beautiful the world is - it connects me with wonderful people - it is something I selfishly cherish.
Update... Melissa's 11 year old daughter has run every day for the last 43 days, total distance, 43 miles, and counting. How high can she go? Now that's spunk.
Thank you Melissa for sharing some of your thoughts. You are an inspiration to me. I look forward to the next time our little feet cross on the trails.
It is, would you not agree, a good day to be alive?