I run for fitness.
I run for thinking and clearing my head.
I run to hear the sound of my feet hit the pavement with every step, and yes, every misstep.
I run to soak in life and all that is around me.
I run to listen to my favorite music - all 10GB of it.
I run to hear Steve Runner joke about his "silly little podcast" all the while shaking my head because everything he says resonates with such truthfulness it is scary.
I run to avoid the cars at intersections, and to beat the cars as they pull into driveways.
I run to see parts of my neighborhood hidden from those in cars.
I run to figure out the answer. To what? I am still figuring that one out.
I run to find the words I need for a friend who is having a rough day.
I run to find the words I need to center myself in the universe.
I run because I like how my bum looks.
I run to feel the breathe come in and out of my body.
I run to feel free.
I run to feel the rain on my skin.
I run for life.
I run for hope.
I run for the sacredness of it all.
I run to see the graves in the graveyeard and to clear off the headstones of those graves long since forgotten.
I run to reflect on friends both past and present.
I run to reflect on the inspiration of me being me.
I run to be me.
I run to forget about the day behind me.
I run to forget about the day ahead of me.
I run to laugh about my life.
I run away from my life.
I run into my life.
I run for solitude. The solitude you can only experience while out there hitting the pavement or trails. Running in nature, at one with nature.
It is this runners solitude that I have grown to cherish - a little piece of time just for me.