Monday, October 13, 2008

On The Run - Running – putting it all in perspective

On The Run
Running – putting it all in perspective
Guardian column
As you read this ask yourself the question, why do I run? Many times we focus on the battle to get to the finish line. We talk about training, preparation and the feeling of accomplishment. But what about those who struggle to get to the start line? What about those who face challenges everyday, bigger than any Marathon you could imagine?

I recently had the chance to train with an amazing lady. We participated in the Run for the Cure together. She is the most positive, hard working person around and has a perspective on life and running that has opened my eyes. She told me what running meant to her, and what her reasons for running were. They were words from a song with the following lyrics “ I run for hope, I run to feel, I run for the truth for all that is real, I run for your mother, your sister your wife, I run for you and me my friend, I run for life.”
These are powerful words. Being surrounded by cancer survivors supporting this amazing event brought a new understanding of what running can represent. Running is a great metaphor for life. It has ups and downs, times of triumph and times of sorrow. Running represents much more than competition and fitness. It represents community, friendship, passion for life and hope. Running brings people together and can be used as a tool of awareness and a symbol of life.

The running community on Prince Edward Island is a wonderful group of people that support numerous fundraisers and those in need. It’s rare to be out for a run without meeting a smiling face and a pleasant hello. Sometimes that moment is the best part of a run. Focusing on these positive moments and sharing the experience with others is among the best part of the Marathon journey. No matter if you are first across the line or a little behind, you share each step of the way with everyone else. You feel the same high, the same struggles, the same passion and the same reward.

So don’t be shy, get involved, run for a reason and share in the feeling. Change your perspective as it may be blinding you from a great moment, a chance to pursue a goal, and as my friend has reminded me, a chance to feel alive. Remember you can always learn from others and improve on yourself. Embrace every chance you have to chat to those who teach and inspire you, these are the wise people who may change the way you see things.

So when you line up weekend and the your nerves are playing tricks on you, remember and celebrate your journey to this start line and how very fortunate you are to have the good heath to be part of this day. Consider this race your victory lap!

Stan Chaisson is a certified kinesiologist, trainer, avid runner and exercise enthusiast. His weekly column will provide advice and training tips for those preparing for the BMO P.E.I.Marathon, Oct. 18-19.

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