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the black and white This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

there's something about the black and white
of running.
something about the sweat,
the pain of pushing hard time and time again
the realization that
the same fire that rages in my legs, in my arms,
burns fiercely in my heart

Because if I can suffer more than the next girl,
that's all it takes,
if I can push more
if I can fly higher
if I can learn to love the pain
of the cold, hard facts,
recorded with the click of a stopwatch
of the heartache of a bad finish
of the adrenaline of the ending sprint
of all these black and white
losses and victories

then maybe I will rise
above the blinding seas of gray.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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AylinnnThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
yesterday at 12:47 pm:
I'm a runner and people ask me why I do it, and I can never really explain it to them, but this, this sums everything up perfectly!! great writing :) (btw do you do track and field or cross country or just run for fun?)
finaa replied...
today at 9:34 pm :
Thanks!! I do both track and cross country actually. I also just ran my first half marathon (it was SO HARD) and that's sort of what inspired this, haha
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