Run for Her

Somewhere behind the athlete you’ve become, the hours of practice, and the coaches who have pushed you is a little girl who fell in love with the game and never looked back…Play for her. ~ Mia Hamm

When I was a kid, I loved to run. It was one of my favorite things, moving fast, giving it my all without thinking about anything but getting…there. It didn’t matter if I made it there first (sometimes I did), where we ran (sometimes in circles), just the simple act of running, barely feeling my legs moving under me was exhilarating. I ran everywhere. Go get the mail? Run. Go get the milk from the fridge? Run. Go to bed? Run.

I lost that somewhere between wanting to be a cool kid and trying to fit in. Fortunately, running came back to me as an adult, but not with the same reckless abandon I had when I was younger. We all get more tense as we get older, and I often find that I hold myself back from letting it all go, worrying about pace, heart rate, injuries, what to cook for supper. I think we would all be better off if we worried a little less and relaxed just a little more.

I have an 6 mile run planned for today, and I am going to run it like I did when I was 12.?

***Featured Image Courtesy of Tanya Little via Flickr***
About Mandy Farrar

Mandy is a marathon runner, a triathlete, and white water raft guide. She works as a forester and spends 99% of her time outside doing something. Bailey the dog is her trusty side kick on all adventures that include the couch or the truck. Caratunk, the small town in northwestern Maine where Mandy lives, boasts a population of 60 in the Winter & 120 in the Summer.

Read Mandy's full bio here, and read more about her adventures on her blog "Caratunk Girl"

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