Play For Her

Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become, the hours of practice, and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back…Play for her. ~ Mia Hamm

When I was a kid, I loved to run.  It was one of my favorite things, moving fast, giving it my all without thinking about anything but getting…there.  It didn’t matter if I made it there first (sometimes I did), where we ran (sometimes in circles), just the simple act of running, barely feeling my legs moving under me was exhilarating.  I ran everywhere.  Go get the mail? Run. Go get the milk from the fridge? Run.  Go to bed? Run.

I lost that somewhere between wanting to be a cool kid and trying to fit in. Fortunately, running came back to me as an adult, but not with the same reckless abandon I had when I was younger.  We all get more tense as we get older, and I often find that I hold myself back from letting it all go, worrying about pace, heart rate, injuries, what to cook for supper.  I think we would all be better off if we worried a little less and relaxed just a little more.

I have an 6 mile run planned for today, and I am going to run it like I did when I was 12.

Advertisements

About caratunkgirl

Outdoor kid. Loves climbing mountains, mountain biking, floating down rivers, and all things outdoors.

Posted on March 2, 2010, in inspiration, running, triathlon. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. did you run like you did when you were 12? Makes me think of my little ones.. they run EVERYWHERE for EVERYTHING! My daughter w/ aglint of joy/bliss/glee in her eye!!! My son.. well, he tires out quick, but he still runs everywhere…

  2. I love your post because it's so true. It also made me smile because my oldest son, 4 1/2, loves to run. He's always running around saying, “Mommy, watch how fast I can run!” It's so great to watch him speed around the house, sidewalk, yard, etc. and see how happy and carefree he is. 🙂

  3. Well, I don't think I ran like I was 12, but the run felt good! I want to get back to that place – maybe once this calf stops bugging!

  4. I have complete faith you will run that way again…the thing is you have to be there….12 years old….body and soul, then you got it! I know you can, s

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: