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.


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

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