We often thinking of running as a sport of sweat, stink, phelm, etc, etc. However, I often think of it is as a pure sport of beauty. Look at Kara Goucher. Is it difficult being that beautiful and be able to pound the pavement at the pace she does to be able to be 3rd at the Boston Marathon this year? Not really. But I think it all has to do with sport (as well as genetics). Running keeps us young, fresh, and able. Of course, if you respect the boundaries of your physical form and treat it with rest and nutrition when needed, it will benefit it even further. As long as we do this, our bodies will treat us in return by keeping us cheery faced and beautiful.
But then again not all of us are sub 3 hour marathoners and have coaches like Alberto Salazar (I did have a coach named Alberto and he was Cuban...but...not close). So we have stay satisified with looking decent on a day to day basis, feel almost perfect (life isn't so), and deal with tons of stress that causes us to run and not the other way around. So, may we always look to running as a beautiful thing and us as beautiful devices within its enchantment! And of course to think of running as a necessity rite of passage to the fountain of youth.
Today's Mileage: 9.2 miles in 1 hour 15 minutes (8:04 min/mile pace)