Why I Run

May 23, 2013
All runners experience the feeling;
Spikes toe the line, stomachs begin to drop.
Doubts begin to rise, minds begin reeling,
"Why do I do this, why don't I just stop?"

The gun is raised, silence before the storm;
Hesitation sets, it's the time we dread.
BAM! The sound rings in our ears as we swarm,
Pushing and shoving, fight to get ahead.

"One more mile!" Is it really that long?
Have to suck it up, push through all the pain;
Four hundred meters left, gotta stay strong.
Finish straight ahead, cheers roaring like trains.

I cross the line, it's finished, I am done.
This feeling, this rush, this is why I run.

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Awanata This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 21, 2015 at 9:34 am
I run XC too. You totally describe how I feel at races. It's wierd how undescribably hard it is, and yet we still love it. Once it's over we can't wait to do it again.
SeamanGlori said...
Jan. 4, 2014 at 3:18 pm
Woah. This incapsuates why I run perfectly as well. A perfect expression of the before and after of an XC race. Super sonnet. :) 
lifeaccordingtoawallflower replied...
Jan. 4, 2014 at 8:24 pm
Thank you so much! XC is my passion, and I thought this did a pretty good job describing a race in a sonnet(:
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