The Joys of Running

There’s something about running that keeps me coming back.  There’s a feeling I get when the soles of my shoes crash against the pavement and a surge of power overtakes me.  In those moments I feel like I can control my own destiny and that I am truly capable of anything.  I never really know how far I can go or for how long, but in my mind it’s forever.  If you see me running and I’m smiling, or even if I am not smiling, then you will know that I am exactly where I want to be…

By Raul Alanis

9 thoughts on “The Joys of Running

  1. Is it just me, or has it been a while since you posted?

    What you say is so true. The feelings I get from running cannot be gained in any other way. Especially when I’m running early in the morning, it makes me feel an almost mystical connection to the world.


  2. I have been working on a different blog as of late. Rachel and I are running a full marathon to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s Disease since her mom was diagnosed less than a year ago. You can see what we have done so far on It has been hard raising donations and all of our efforts have been focused more on that. I promise to try and write a lot more. 🙂 I agree with you…I think a mystical connection to the world is the best way to describe it. Hope things are going well for you. Again…congrats on your marriage!!!

  3. Hi, nice blog. You’re right: running hurts sometimes, but it is always rewarding. When I’m on the beach in Holland (Netherlands) a feeling of feeling lucky comes over me. Then I feel that my body works as a whole. My legs do the work, my arms are in a helpful swing, my breath supports my body and it all feels great. I feel great. It’s like a flow I’m in, knowing I can do this for miles and miles. ‘Just’ running while looking at the birds, the sun on the sand, the waves of the sea.

  4. It’s really time for me to buy new running shoes. Time to get back to celebrating what my body is capable of doing–even if it’s just 2 miles right now. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hearing stories like yours and how you want to get back to celebrating what your body is capable of doing is so inspiring to me…It doesn’t matter if you run a 100 yards…what matters is that you try. It’s all about baby steps…it always is 🙂

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