I'm actually not sure if those posts will STAY on the CUCB Blog, so I thought I'd cross-post my entry here. I'm really hoping the posts do stay, because there's good stuff up there from my fellow social runners. It's worth checking out. In the meantime, here's what I wrote, saved as it was posted. It's probably a little more personal than I should have done, but running is an incredibly personal experience for me:
From the CUCB Blog:
Tai: Despite only recently writing a love letter to Yasso 800 workouts (really more of a diary), running has been an early first love. I have loved running from the time I was an early teen living in Myrtle Beach, SC. It was just something I could do in high school, and it didn’t require friends to do it (which was lucky because I didn’t have a lot of those). I loved running because all I had to do was put on my sneakers, or, coming from a rather poor family after things took a turn south, I would often run barefoot on the beach. Running was free. The beach was free. I knew the mileage between a certain beach access and a giant hotel, and would go multiple times per day, even as late as midnight. Seagulls and sandpipers didn’t make fun of me, and didn’t deride me. They just scattered as I approached (come to think of it, in that way they WERE like the people I went to high school with!). I love running because although running can be expensive, it doesn’t have to be. It is, and when done right, makes you feel: free.