What does running mean to me?
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What has running done for me? Let's see ... it has lowered my blood pressure, raised my self-esteem, tightened my posterior region, and increased the number of neat people I know. All this AND membership in the Brigade, the coolest club around ... what a bargain!
Christy L. Garcia
I started running because in the year 2000 I wanted to do something I had never done, run a marthon. The training was grueling, the hours and miles were long, but running across that finish line and meeting the goal I set for myself was a life changing experience. I realized that I did not begin this to run a marathon, but to prove that even at 35 I am still the athlete that I was 20 years ago. I run for all things that I believe in and most of of all for me.
Running is like chicken soup: it's good for your body as well as your soul. It restores and rejuvenates you.
I run for the sanity that I feel when I run. I run because it increases my self-esteem - I'm doing something that is not only good for me, but also makes me feel good. The Penguin Brigade has accepted me with open arms for who I am without judging or categorizing me by speed or weight. I finally feel that I belong.
My running is not about what I accomplish, but what I become. I have become more self-disciplined, self-motivated, self-confident, and self reliant. I have become more positive, more patient, and more determined. I have benefited from running in every area of my life.
For several years illness first sapped my energy, then came depression and later pain. Finally a diagnosis and the end of pain, gradually more energy and the depression lifted. As I regained my health a feeling of childlike JOY overwhelmed me. I had to express it, so the kid in me RAN! As I run I feel myself grow healthier, stronger, happier. I am back and I will run until I can't anymore.
Net running provides an escape from the day's activities and an opportunity to regroup for the next day. The Penguin Brigade has given me so many new friends that provide support and assistance when the going gets rough.
The Penguin Brigade is my most important piece of running equipment!
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