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Why I Run

August 11, 2013
By HannahLouise1321 DIAMOND, Delaware, Ohio
HannahLouise1321 DIAMOND, Delaware, Ohio
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I run for my pride.
To represent the true, inner and growing
strength of those who anticipate the very moment
where they get to show the world what they're capable of.

I run for my family.
To represent the self-discipline
they have taught me to seek and preserve;
self discipline that will follow me through each step I take.

I run for my body.
To represent the functioning
of the human mind when it's in a mental state,
one of which strives to succeed.

I run for my country.
To represent the millions of people
who doubt themselves and hesitate to
be motivated. I run to show those people
that a difference can be made.

I run for the pressure.
To represent the many athletes who,
every day, face the pressure to be the best.
I run for those who learn not to give up
at what they do.

I run for the pain.
To represent those who are without
a fragile bone in their body. I run to
represent the use of endurance and
an aggressive attitude.

I run for the journey.
To represent the adventure that one is
able to find when they seek some courage.
I run to illustrate the unimaginable.

The author's comments:
This free verse piece was written to represent all of the life-lessons and character building training that was taught to me through cross country. This piece truly represents cross country as a sport and what it's all about.

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This article has 2 comments.

Awanata GOLD said...
on May. 21 2015 at 9:53 am
Awanata GOLD, Goshen, Indiana
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Hey, great job. This really illustrates the meaning of cc. The only things I'd add would be to run for fun, and to run for God. But that's just me:)

on Jan. 7 2014 at 10:26 am
runnergirl413 BRONZE, Wilmington, Delaware
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I loved this! Wonderful job! I run cross country too and I agree.