Running 12 miles allows you plenty of time to think. I have learned that is one thing I like about running. It gives me a chance to focus, gather my thoughts, and think. My life is so hectic right now it is ridiculous. I am in my last semester of grad school, I work full-time, my wife works full-time, we have one daughter and another child that will be here in about one month and this is actually less hectic than two months ago. I am not saying this so you will feel sorry for me, I am sure your life is just as hectic as mine. I really don’t need one more thing to add to my schedule but running is different.
This past weekend we organized a benefit walk to raise money for my wife’s father who was recently diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I decided that I would get up early and do my long run there. Talk about getting you thinking. I am running for two hours early in the morning on the way to a cancer walk. This run helped me realize just how blessed I am. My wife is the most understanding woman I know. She is always supportive of me even though she may not always understand why a person would run 12 miles. She is a hard worker, a loving mother, a loving wife, and probably one of the strongest people I know. I am blessed because I have an awesome daughter (and another on the way) that looks up to me and is pretty active. She wants to run with me and ride her bike. I don’t want her to lose that and spend her time in front of the TV. I am blessed because I am able to run 12 miles.
I run and cycle because I am a lazy person. If I didn’t set these goals for myself then I would spend most of my time eating junk food and watching TV (at least that is what I did a lot of for the last 10 years). I run because I want to have a happy and healthy family. I run because I can.