Makes Me Better

Running makes me feel like a champion, like if I never make it to the olympics at least I can beat the boy who stares at me becaues he thinks girls can’t run, and that I’m not going to make it around the lake a second time. If you are wondering I run a 2.6 mile loop around a lake in my home town. When I first started out I couldn’t make it around once and now twice seems easy. I wonder how I ever let myself get that out of shape before, and now I refuse to ever go back to that place in time. I guess I better get back to the trail this week.

Running lets me de-stress. I have a wonderful father, but he is so stressed lately that I think it goes into my veins and tightens every muscle in my entire body. I’m a very calm person but I wonder if I’m going to die young because I have so much stress that is mounting onto my shoulders. I worry that one day I will wake up and look at myself in the mirror and I will see a corpse in the body of a 25-year-old girl.

Running makes me feel young, but not because I think I’m old, I don’t, it just reminds me that it takes work to keep your body in shape and you must make an effort everyday to keep it up. When they tell you that the things that are the most worthwhile take the most upkeep or take the most effort they weren’t lying, because keeping up your body is incredibly tough work, but in the end the thing that keeps you alive.

Running makes me feel tougher. It makes me want to fight harder, to run faster, to jump higher, to laugh louder, and to realize that everything isn’t that bad.

Running makes me breathe; It stops my world for just a second when I think that everything in my life is spinning completely out of control and I can’t slow it down.

Running makes me want to share what seems hard to some people, but isn’t for me. By putting just one foot in front of the other it makes me realize that everyday counts.

Running shows me that you can accomplish anything.