(Shared thoughts by Adam and Tim)
“I am a runner.” Authors, bloggers, philosophers and poets have written volumes in an attempt to capture the meaning of this four word phrase. The love affair we runners have with our sport is intensely personal, yet shared by all who pour their souls, energy, sweat, and passion into a sport they can love and hate at the same time.
“I am a runner” who occasionally finds a moment of clarity amidst the chaos and confusion of my day-to-day living. I occasionally get a glimpse of something that is pure and beautiful to give me balance and perspective. What is it about running that gives me these moments? Maybe it is the feeling of having my heart, lungs, tendons and muscles working together in perfect balance, which gives my brain peace and the optimistic hope that the whole world can find such a balance. The hope that humanity will be able to look past the differences between us, and discover we are all the same. Sometimes I find a moment of clarity on the trails or roads, and sometimes I find one in a fellow runner like Ben Davis.
Ben Davis has a story to share. He is a kindred spirit who reminds us how fortunate we are to share the running path with others. Watch the video below to be inspired by one of our own, who personifies what it means to be a runner.
“I am a runner.” When I am running, I am full of hope. Even though my body is in distress and sometimes agony, I cannot feel sorry for myself. Despair can’t catch me. I am running; chasing a better me, and creating a better tomorrow. I am connected to my fellow runners by a bond that defies logical or rational definition. I am proud to be a member of this elite club where runners of every possible speed, shape, color, and size understand what it means to run.
Ben Davis is a runner. This means that he and I tread on common ground. We are kindred spirits who are more alike than we are different. I am proud to be a runner, and proud to have Ben as a kindred spirit and friend. Hearing his story, I am re-inspired and re-invigorated to go out and run, to “Do Life” or take action to create the life I want to live. Like Ben I know I can accomplish these things. How do I know? Because, like Ben, “I am a runner.”
What do those words mean to you?
**This week Adam and Tim will be joined by Ben Davis on their weekly radio show. Listen live, Sunday morning October 31st, 9:00 on the west coast, 12:00 in the east. Sign up as a listener, and follow along in the chat room or call into the show to talk to Adam, Tim, and Ben right from your computer. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/runtheedge
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