in leu of the holiday, when i went for an early AM run through a small neighborhood in napa, i was thinking about how much i value my independence. having the choice to run where ever for however long i want is incredibly valuable. there is no judgement of how fast or slow, how long or short. there is me and an open road. i ran up a hill because i wanted to see where it would go. i ran because i wanted to break a sweat. i ran to clear my thoughts.
i have thought a lot about why i choose to do triathlon. why i choose to suffer through a hard workout when i could choose to take an easier route. why i choose to put in the miles of training. i always come back to the feeling of accomplishment the sport gives me. i think about paraplegics that may not have the legs to run. i think about my friends who have been too sick to have the energy to run. i choose to do the sport simply because i can.
i have run around the eiffel tower, along the beach in argentina, on the bluffs of santa barbara, up the sides of mountains in colorado, along a waterfront bike path in seattle, through snow in sweden and countless other places, including runs i do weekly at home, that never leave me without a feeling of accomplishment. i am so grateful for the independence running gives me.
throw on a pair of shoes and hit the ground running. because you can.
to your health,