After my last run, I made sure to thank a friend who always "likes" my running posts, and he mentioned the difference between "someone who runs" and a "Runner". Having mentioned that I just recently began to think of myself as the latter, and what a rewarding journey it has been, he asked if I had a Kindle and then proceeded to gift me the Ultimate Gift for a runner and reader: Once a Runner by John L. Parker, Jr. This novel has quite the history and is truly a runner's manifesto if there ever was one.
The glowy, warm feeling of receiving a surprise gift could only be overshadowed by the intense desire to run that reading this book inspires. Not only is it beautifully written and filled with elegant prose, but the author describes the art, addiction to, and love of running so clearly, I feel like my feet are begging to hit the pavement when I sit to read it! Talk about a predicament...To read on, or to run? Best to fit both into my daily schedule!
So, Jamez, I know I've said it already, but thank you for such a thoughtful, undeserved, and meaningful gift. Runners are, indeed, an "odd tribe", but we are also a tribe of bonds and a depth of understanding not seen in many friendships.
That said, I'd like to share a little something with you all. Music is such a huge part of being human - seriously, do you know anyone who just doesn't care for music? - and running is such an essential part of my being as well, it only makes sense that the perfect running playlist is...well, magical.
So here is my current playlist. If even one song on there inspires you, I'll have done my part in sharing some of the magic.
Don't judge me. And enjoy.