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50 Latitudes (USA) Feature

The 50 Latitudes Feature will showcase Latitudes from a resident of each US state in their own words to illustrate that despite age, sex, location, or occupation, every living being on the planet has a favorite Latitude.  A person's favorite Latitude is not restricted to their home state.

Entries in Indiana (1)

Sunday
Feb202011

Indiana

I have run near and I have run far, I have run up and I have run down, I just like the run.  To run is to be well, me.

A run can truly define my day and most of the time is gives my day its special moment.  The moment when life just starts to make some sort of sense and my body just sort of floats along the path in its own rhythm and at its own pace.  It is the “runners high”; the part of running that makes it all worthwhile. 

It is the part when the sweat, the ache (physical or mental), the whatever problem of the day starts to make sense and I start to feel great.  Now, this moment does not come on all at once, first I have to work for it and sometimes work hard for it.  It may take 3-4 minutes, it may take 30 minutes, but I always know that the high is coming. 

The high is what always brings me back to my running shoes; I am completely addicted.

A run can come in all shapes and sizes.  It may involve music or friends, pavement or trails, long or short; however the best ones involve my dog and my husband on a sunny 70-80s degrees with just a sports bra and running shorts. 

We don’t talk about our days or nights or pretty much anything.  I pace off of him and the dog and we just run.  When we run together or separately we both understand that it is a part of the life blood in our marriage, it is one of the things in our marriage that is a constant.

Many runners would agree that running follows a similar path to life.  Do I take this right turn down this path and start a new journey that is unknown and potentially scary?  Or Do I stay the current course, which is tried and true?  Some of my best runs have involved taking a right turn and discovering a new and used path.  At the same time, some of my worst runs have included taking the right turn to only have to turn back around or get terribly lost.

But, isn’t that a metaphor for life.  We can either meet the challenges of the right turn or we can turn away from the right turn to only wonder where that turn could have potentially taken us.  

That is why running for me is my great high, my chi, my euphoria, my Latitude.