This is why I run.
I run with purpose and resolve in my heart. I run as a personal challenge and a personal commitment to myself. I run against everyone that ever told me I couldn’t do it. I run for all those who told me that I can. I run with hope, perseverance, and determination. I run with God’s grace and blessings beyond comprehension.
I run through the rain, through the pain, and through the tears. I run against the wind, against the odds, and against my fears. I run through the frailty, weakness and fatigue. I plow forward even though I feel out of my league.
I run in the face of negativity, self-pity, and self-doubt. I run from my own demons that might get the better of me, if I let them.
I run out of inspiration by some and in hope to inspire others. I run alone, pushing myself to keep fighting. I run with the support of family and friends.
I run for the person I used to be, so her spirit may live on. I run for the person I have become, to forge her spirit strong. I run to celebrate the challenges I have overcome and small victories won. I run for fulfillment, accomplishment, and to conquer the improbable.
I run because I can. I run for those who cannot.
I run in spite of multiple surgeries and long roads of recoveries. I run against all the doctors that told my parents I would never walk without braces or be able to play sports. I run for my parents, who in spite of that, believed I could. I run for all the children in the world that suffer from afflictions like Club Foot or Autism. I run so that they may have faith in themselves and strive to rise above these setbacks.
I run for my daughter, Avery, who is my biggest fan and motivator. I run so that she may know that she can do anything she puts her mind to, no matter how difficult the task at hand or what obstacles may lie ahead.
I run for Santino. I run for his voice.
I run by the glory of God. I run against the wind and against the odds.
This is why I run.
October 5, 2010
A reflection as I prepare for the Detroit Half Marathon.