It made me laugh to read "The Runner's Lament" (Feb. 16) by Amy Cirincione, with many of my own thoughts as a runner. She also was able to create a decent list for "Running for Haters." If you are dragging yourself out of bed to run or finding excuses to not run after work, I'd like to add some motivational thoughts.
Running with a group that is focused on a cure for a disease is the best medicine for running. There are lots of organizations out there that offer running events to participate in. I am part of Team in Training, a sports endurance program that offers you a personal coach and team members to train with weekly. The cause is to cure blood cancers, and the money raised is donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Knowing that your efforts are part of a philanthropic endeavor just helps motivate you. And being part of the team, knowing that they are waiting for you every Saturday, asking how your pace has improved, keeps you coming back. The thrill, of course, is at the finish line. My coach cheering me on; the honorees for Team in Training who cannot thank you enough for raising funds for research; and the satisfaction that I really did reach my goal.
So I agree with all the reasons Amy gave as a runner's high -- the physical well-being, mental acuity, and emotional balance. Add maybe saving someone's life by your fundraising efforts. If you want more information about our local Team in Training, find us on Facebook -- Team Humboldt -- or go to the website: www.teamintraining.org.
Suzi Hendry, Eureka