The Good Men Project Sports Team Wants To Know: Why do YOU run?
I was telling my friend and running buddy, Michael Polenberg, about my recent foot pain and how – for the first time – it is making me feel old, when he emailed me this gem:
“Getting old is a hoot. I think that’s why I run. To run away from the old, if that makes any sense. When I was younger, I never ran, because I was young. Nothing to run from. Now, I feel such a sense of urgency. It’s really just another form of anxiety except I beat it back with labored breathing.”
Mike isn’t the first to wax poetic about running. Or to think deeply about why he does it.
We all have our reasons, whether it’s of the body, the mind, or both. Or something else entirely.
My favorite author, Haruki Murakami wrote, in his short biography about running called What I Talk About When I Talk About Running:
“Exerting yourself to the fullest within your individual limits: that’s the essence of running, and a metaphor for life . . . . I believe many runners would agree”
For The Good Men Project Sports’ Why We Run feature, we are looking to collect YOUR comments, posts, Tweets, and emails that answer the question:
Why do you run?
What are you running from?
What are you running towards, if anything?”
Please send us your submission via email to myself at mkasdan@or via Twitter @michaelkasdan #WhyWeRunGMP and #GMPSports. Submissions can also be made through the below comments section or on our Facebook page.