I run because I can

Originally appeared on spirituality.com

Years ago I set a marathon course record—I ran the Atlantic City Marathon in 3 hours 12 minutes, winning the masters’ race (women over 40) and finishing third among all women.

As I look back, it’s clear that this didn’t just happen. It was a competitive race, and I recall training long and hard for it. And in the end all those hours on the road paid off. I had lowered my personal best by 12 minutes and emerged a winner. But winning races was never my motivation for running.

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