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Running Questions

Running Questions

But why, some say, the moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas? We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.  –John F. Kennedy


 The Run
2.25 miles

The Picture

Drip Drop

The Recap

This morning was in the 30s and rainy.  We were sitting on the rain-snow line so what was actually falling was a slushy rain mixture.  I should probably mention for those that don’t know: I used to be a meteorologist.  I feel like I write a lot about the weather.  I try not to, but it is a huge part of running and photography – from battling the elements to choosing camera settings based on cloud cover.  And it was because of the weather that I did want to run today.  The rain makes everything have a dreamy haze.  Sometimes the sun is too harsh, but on rainy and cloudy days, the light is nicely filtered .

I was only planning on a short run because of Wednesday’s long run.  If it had been snowing or had been a lighter rain, then I might have run further, but it was raining steadily and I was worried about my camera getting wet.  I think this one really shows the rain.

Rain/Snow

All the birds were out today.  They flew alongside me; always just a little bit ahead. You can see in this picture with the cardinal that the rain was creating a lot of noise in the pictures.  I was trying to keep the camera from getting too wet so I was more rushed than usual.

I know it was not an ideal running day, but that’s exactly why I needed to go.  Why?  Well you might ask then, why run on any day?  I’ve asked myself the same questions about a hundred times:  Why am I picture running?  Why spend so much time working on this blog?  Because the challenge is worth it – not because it is easy, but because it is hard.  If I only ran on easy, perfect days, then I might never run.  But this way, I can walk away each time and say, yes, I did it.  Lots of people are too scared to try to reach their goals or can’t find the motivation.  I’m not any more brave or more motivated than the next person.  But when I started this picture running business, I asked myself, Who would I be if I didn’t try?  I didn’t like the answer.  Better to try and fail than to not try at all.

I know why I’m running.  The question that truly plagues me though is what good is all this running doing?  How is it helping anyone?  I don’t know the answers to those questions yet.

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