Hunger Games: Like a Marathoner

I wrote this post on Marathon Monday, but then I took it down after a bomb shattered what has always been an amazing event. It still was — amazing, that is — but for a different reason. Boston natives, runners and their family and friends, and the entire country banded together in the face of tragedy to show that we, as a people, are stronger than one or two dissenters. We are Boston Strong.

(Reposted in its entirety.)

Today is Marathon Monday, the annual running of the Boston Marathon. Oh, no, I’m not going to advocate a marathon as part of our Hunger series. I’m a runner and I think 26 miles is insane. Yet, tens of thousands of people run every year, not to mention all the other marathons across the US, and internationally.

Why do they do this? In one word, passion. Marathoners are passionate about running. Not just running, but long-distance, physically-exhausting running. I can support this. I may not have any interest in running that many miles in one try, but I am passionate about running. It’s not something I’ve ever been able to explain to non-runners successfully, but it’s there. The endorphin high, the comfort of tired, well-worked muscles, the wind in my face, the sweat in my cleavage, the rhythmic strides, each foot hitting the road/trail briefly to bounce back up and propel me forward, all of my own volition, all through my own power.

Get it? It’s okay if you don’t. The theme to this post isn’t to convince you to run. It’s to guide you into finding the exercise that inspires the same passion. Maybe for you it’s swimming, or biking, or belly dancing. If you dread your daily visit to the gym, you’re going to find excuses not to go, and/or you’re not going to work as hard and efficiently as you would if you enjoyed the routine.

I truly believe that if you find that activity (or activities) that you enjoy with the passion of a marathoner, you’ll look forward to the exercise instead of dreading it.

Don’t just go through the motions. Love what you do.

Healing energy to all the victims, their families, and their friends, and everyone who watched with pain in their hearts as the events of day unfolded. If you haven’t already, please consider donating to The One Fund to help those affected by this tragedy, and if you have, Thank You.

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