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    Every run is a work of art…

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    I enjoy motivational quotes. In the “old days” when they were at the bottom of emails they were fun, but now, you can see dozens of them every day if you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or just about any other place on the internet – often done as a picture rather than just words.  I try not to get too carried away with sharing them so I don’t annoy everyone into hiding my updates, but I have varying degrees of success.

    Every now and then, a quote floats by that positively resonates with me.  It eloquently, yet concisely articulates a thought or feeling that I could not have said better myself.  Of course, when I see those, I feel the need to deconstruct why it resonates for me and completely remove the eloquence and concision that made me love it in the first place.

    I stumbled across one of these the other day, credited to Dagny Scott Barrios:

    Every run is a work of art, a drawing on each day’s canvas. Some runs are shouts and some runs are whispers. Some runs are eulogies and others celebrations. When you’re angry, a run can be a sharp slap in the face. When happy, a run is your song. And when your running progresses enough to become the chrysalis through which your life is viewed, motivation is almost beside the point. Rather, it’s running that motivates you for everything else the day holds.

     

    I wanted to share it with you because today is the eve of my 8th Runnerversary – that is, I took up running for the final time 8 years ago tomorrow – and it really articulates where I am with my running.

    I will not, however, succumb to the compulsion to deconstruct it – at least not until someone comments below and I can’t stop myself from jumping into the discussion!

    Cheers to you all, and Happy Running!

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!