| This last weekend, I got to go to innards of Pennsylvania, and land at an old school kid styled summer camp. This is the spot where I spent the next 3 days with 350 other runners who were there for the Oiselle’s Big|
Bird Camp. It was everything that you could imagine a running summer camp having; a lake, bunk beds,
dining hall, tree houses, and acres beyond acres of green rolling trails. This was my second year here, and I
hope to go back next year.
Among all these women were, older runners, fast runners, trail runners, fast trail runners, chatty runners,
solo runners, rounder runners, and short runners.
So, all the runners.
As I watched all of these women cruise around the grounds, I remembered an exercise I had done a few
months ago reading Brene Brown’s Dare To Lead. The exercise is a huge list of values, and you have to pick 2-3 that you hold in your hand and define who you are. The thing is that all the values are equally valid, and
that one is not better than the other. My values are not better than yours, and if we all had the same ones in
our hand, our world would be pretty boring. I strongly believe that we fall into a heap of problems arguing
and judging each other for having a different system of values. I am sure you can think of some examples in
All of these women, and runners, in general, get something different out of running. And that thing is their
running value. The reason that you run is not better than the reason why I run. And the thing you get out of
the running is not lesser then what I get out of it. So when a fast runner is zooming past you and gets to the
finish line first, it’s not better, she just wants something different out of the movement.
Not better, just different.
This whole idea was the spark of my creative project, Why We Run, to show people that we do this thing for different reasons and having respect for why you run, and equally have respect why she does it, and why
they run. Being envious and comparative sucks out all of the respect, and defeats the joy of it all.
I am sure there are a ton more, but here are some running values that I have heard over the last 13 years.
Pick a couple that might sing to you, and of course, these are fluid and will be different in different parts of
Being in Nature
One on One Time
If you can’t find one, here are some starter questions to help you uncover your reasons.
What do you want out of running?
What part of running do you enjoy?
What is your ideal running scenario?
One of the reasons I love running and it took me years to find is music. Running with music makes me
feel like I can take over the world, and take all y’all with me. It’s literally my jam. I hope you find yours, cause
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