A Runner’s Passion
Today I had a discussion with someone about my running and was asked to explain what my motivation is. I decided to try and put that into words here on the blog.
I know that many of you are very focused runners, and pay very strict attention to your times, and races etc… for good reason. There is a lot to gain personally by pushing one’s self to be their absolute best at something, and we all know what the feeling of “winning” at something is like, whether it’s a race or just overcoming an obstacle in everyday life.
I challenge these runners to take a day here and there and really think about what drove you to be a runner in the first place. Was it watching it on TV, or seeing other people out there on the street doing it? Friends on the track team at school? I’m sure there are lots of reasons that people can list. Most of us probably were running in our younger, school days, and may or may not have kept it up. Again, I challenge you to think deep inside yourself and make a list of what drives your running passion.
Passion. It’s a word that has many different meanings, but for this blogs purpose it is defined as:
a : ardent affection : love
b : a strong liking or desire for or devotion to some activity, object, or concept.
When I think about the passion that I have for running, my mind often goes back to Mizuno’s “Mezamashii”. A brilliant run. A run that tops everything. An eye-opening, awakening run. A run that comes from deep in your core and makes you feel inspired, hopeful, and fulfilled. Going Mezamashii means giving yourself totally to the run. Allowing your mind to either float or focus on the task at hand. I love that floating feeling, being totally involved in what you are doing, but letting your mind float as you go along.
I have found that running fills a need inside me for a couple of things… first the “Camaraderie” that I have missed since my high school days, and second it fills that “Challenge” void that sits there and constantly pushes me to better myself as a person. When I am running I often get caught up in my surroundings, in a good way. I am a very detail oriented person. Many times I have been running along and spied a beautiful flower, or a butterfly that I hadn’t seen before, and I just had to stop and grab a picture and admire it. I realize that for other people, Mezamashii may be all about the ability to lose one’s self in the perfection of the run. The feeling of going as fast as you can, or as far as you can. Setting a goal and meeting it has to be one of the best feelings ever.
Sure there are times when my runs are terrible, and I feel disappointed in myself. Does that stop me from going back out on another day and trying again? Nope. We all have good runs and bad ones, and the bad ones are the ones that fuel our fire to become better runners as a whole. I welcome those challenges.
So I ask, what fuels your passion for running? I would love to know!
This article was originally posted by Louise Cunningham on Runnersramblings.com.