“People sometimes sneer at those who run every day, claiming they'll go to any length to live longer. But don't think that's the reason most people run. Most runners run not because they want to live longer, but because they want to live life to the fullest. If you're going to while away the years, it's far better to live them with clear goals and fully alive then in a fog, and I believe running helps you to do that. Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that's the essence of running, and a metaphor for life — and for me, for writing as whole. I believe many runners would agree”
― Haruki Murakami, What I Talk About When I Talk About Running
I wonder what it says about us that we refer to the runners among us as the oddballs? We watch them sweating at the side of the road, chugging along in those ridiculous shoes with wild ludicrous colors. There is even something a little suspicious about them. They're often smiling as they struggle along in the heat of a Florida day. As you pass them from the air conditioned comfort of your car they beam at you-grin like simpletons and wave. “Bless their hearts.” We think. And yet there is something serene about these people. They come in all colors, sizes, gender preferences and ages. If they have anything in common it is that they are out there day after day, regardless of the weather-heck in defiance of the blasted weather. What's more they seem to be enjoying it. They seem...happy.
Maybe we catch a glimpse of a woman who looks like a tanned, muscular version of our grandmother as we enjoy an ice cream cone and stroll down Park Avenue. Perhaps the site of her shames us-as she passes us at a speed that would make our gym teacher blush with pride. So we go home and unearth a pair of shoes we wore for pickup basketball 3 years ago and vow to “drop a few pounds”.
But later-when our feet ache and we curse our own birth at having ever considered running without a tiger chasing us-we accept defeat and admit that the old lady in the park has attained a level of happiness that will forever elude us.
But what if it weren't like that? What if we didn't have to dismiss the old woman as a demented mutant in order to make us feel better about ourselves and our life choices? What if we could consume pizza and cake and feel like we'd earned it. And in the process be better examples to our children and just nicer, happier people?
That is what this space is going to be devoted to. We're going to give you the information to make being or becoming a runner a little bit easier. We're going to inform you, motivate you and maybe entertain you a little.
Written by FIT Advisor