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Running through tragedy

Posted By: Chuck Jones on 11/24/2009
I have been a runner for 20 years now and I have run through it all. Rain, sleet, tornadoes, hurricane, 115 degree temperatures, -9 degree temperatures, 50 MPH winds, ghettos, country roads, city streets, trespassing, creeks, buildings, naked, on a cruise ship, up a 14000 foot mountain. You name it I have probably run through it.

Out of all those things I have finally found something that makes the rest of those things seem like a stroll in the park.

I recently lost my father and a week later I was suppose to run the Clarksville Half Marathon. I had no desire to run through it or couldn't think of a reason why I should run through it. Against my desires I ran the race and came in 3rd overall. It wasn't my best time and certainly wasn't the hardest fought race, but my wife said run it and maybe you will feel better.

Well I didn't. It was so hard to make myself go because I really didn't want to and I can't explain why. I get mad at the runners I coach when they have that indifferent look on their face while running. I can only imagine that is what I looked like.

It has been 3 weeks now and I haven't put in a good run yet. Everytime I go out I just think what is the reason. I am sure "this too shall pass", but for now I am running without a cause.

There are no tidbits of wisdom I can offer from this so far and there are certainly no lessons to be learned yet. Give me time and keep coming back. I promise I will have something for you that helps if you go through this.
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