To two questions I am asked on a regular basis. (Again yesterday, in fact.) First, what is that funny thing I wear on my head when I run? Second, why do I run?
The funny thing on my head is called a bandanna. Say it with me, ban-dan-na. I wear it because it keeps the sweat out of my eyes and keeps my head warm when it is cold outside. No, I am not trying to look "super cool" or like a "gangsta". It is just really practical (and cheap - $1 at Wal-Mart). I haven't been able to find a hat that works as well at keeping the sweat out of my eyes.
Second, I run for a lot of different reasons. I run because I used to weigh 223 pounds and I couldn't. I run because I had a gym teacher in 6th grade that told me I would always be fat and lazy. I run because I have a family member who is paralyzed and can't. I run because I love to eat sweets. I run because it is really hard for me. I run because I feel like I have accomplished a major feat each and every time I cross a finish line. I run because I love it. I run because I hate it. I run because it makes me feel strong and empowered. I run because it makes me a better person. I run to be better than I was yesterday. I run because I can.
Running is a very personal thing with me. I have had a lot of people criticize me about my times, my form, commitment, etc. It used to really bother me. Now, I just say to them, I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU THINK. As long as I do better than I did yesterday, that is all that matters to me. And if I don't, that's okay, too.
So to all my friends and supporters out there, thank you, thank you, thank you. Your kind words and encouragement are really appreciated and keeps me motivated. To the rest of you that criticize and poke fun, I say ____ (fill in the blank yourself).
KEEP ON RUNNING