Still a Runner

A Blog by Mary Lou Harris

Restless on Independence Day

This July 4th post doesn’t have any fireworks, not even an explosive topic.IMG_1047 I’ve simply been musing about the need to move about, to travel, to explore. Is it just me, or do I share this with most Americans?

We seem to be restless people. Since many of us are descendents of folks who picked up their worldly belongings and headed across an ocean or a landmass, it’s no surprise that the travel bug can create that restless itch in us. It may have begun with a need for freedom, a route out of poverty or a place to belong, but the restlessness persists. It may continue with the simple need to keep moving, whether through travel vacations that temporarily satisfy the bug, or through permanent relocations.

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Hiking with my brother through South Dakota meadow.

Does our work life demand travel or do we invent other reasons? Currently, other than friends and family connections there is no need for me to travel. That said, I can always find a rationale to keep moving and poke my curious nose into the corners of this country and beyond. I may be traveling to visit relatives, but I can usually  find a way to explore something new along the way or at destination.

I may travel to run races, but will always bank in several days to explore a path, a city, a state, or country new to me. There are perfectly fine races of almost every distance within a 20-mile radius of my home.

Finishing a Canadian 10K

Finishing a Canadian 10K

Yet, I travel across the country and beyond to races from a 5K to a mara- thon. I’m placing the blame for this restlessness that drives the spirit squarely on my brave and adventurous ancestors. Along with blaming them, I thank them for it.

I expect many Americans8580479-u-s-american-flag-in-front-of-a-blue-sky are traveling this week to be with friends and family and to share with their children the many wonders of the road.

Safe travels to all and a Happy 4th.

 

 

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8 Comments»

  Charlotte wrote @

I love traveling. Maybe because I’m older and trying to see everything and run everywhere before I leave this world kicking and screaming! Enjoyed your post.

  Still a Runner wrote @

Thanks, Charlotte. The need to see (and run) other corners of the world has sped up for me with each decade of life.

  Girl Runs Wild wrote @

Happy 4th of July, Mary! Maybe it’s just human nature to get a little restless sometimes! I’m not American and have certainly always had a travelling heart. 😉

  Still a Runner wrote @

Thanks, and yes – some of my traveling friends from other countries seem to share this hankering to be on the go.

  Race Leader wrote @

Keep up the good work!

  Still a Runner wrote @

Thanks. Will do.

  sweetbabymeg wrote @

Love your blog and your stories 🙂 I am nominating you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Check out the details here http://lessthighsmorethunder.wordpress.com/2014/07/13/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

  Still a Runner wrote @

Thank you, Meg. Great blog title you have. I appreciate your thoughtfulness and the commitment you show through your posts. Full disclosure: It may be awhile before I get to this.


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