...you are strong.
...you are clear-headed.
...you meet great people.
...you sweat. Not much else in your padded little life makes you sweat.
...you keep healthy. And make your heart smile.
...you combat stress and anxiety and anger and grief.
...you face the cougars.
...you see things non-runners miss.
...people cheer for you. Strangers even. Where else do you get cheered for?
...you can race. And when you race, there's a finish line.
...you have a hobby.
...you can damn well have that "Teri-Love-sized" bowl of ice cream afterward.
...it's a beautiful day.
Here's to James Helfrich and Rachel Helfrich and Rhonda Marshall and Kevin Love and Maureen from HCA Architects and Dave & Julie Hansen and Magan Harper and Barry Diehl and Karen Richardson and Amy Wilhite and Melissa Ficklin and Merrilee Peterson and Rob Dixon and Layla Hanash and Runner's World Magazine. My running partners and running inspiration from 1992 until now, kinda in order. Not counting the various musical artists, living and dead, who keep me going.