I run for no specific reason
I run because I like to feel the morning air on my face
The dark nip of winter
The welcoming breeze of spring
The heat of summer
and the tri-colored relief of autumn
I run to feel the aches
as I first shuffle my feet
and the sweet release as I enter my stride
I run to see the changes in my world reveal themselves bit by bit
I run to listen to the day’s first stirrings
and the night’s final slumber
to hear the coyotes’ howls
the red tail’s hunt
the snort of deer
and the yip of the fox
I run to peek at Venus, my morning star in the east
I run to watch the moon’s final rise at the first mile
and the sun’s first with one to go
I run to breathe, to think (or not)
I run because I want to feel alive
and take in my daily dose of peace
8 thoughts on “Why I Run”
Very inspirational poem to motivate women.
Excellent! As a long time runner (since the 1970’s), I have seen the sport become a place where women can shine!
I’m a walker myself. I’ve never really understood why people run. Your poem really explains it well.
Oh Thanks! It really is hard to explain and my reasons have varied over the years for sure.
Where are you running that you hear the sounds of animals? Must be beautiful to see.
In the area where I live actually! Even though it is not at all rural, we have many acres of woods and fields left untouched by development. It is not uncommon for us to experience these creatures daily.
What a blessing.
I absorb every minute of it!