"RUN HAPPY!": WHY? The History behind the Earned runs sign-off.
On the December 4, 2015 blog post Earned Runs explained why “RUN HAPPY!” appears at the end of each post. Rather than say good-bye to readers after each day’s feature with the words, “happy running”or some other farewell, it seemed more appropriate to end with an encouragement to enjoy our sport.
That original post shared a “Sports Illustrated/The Cauldron article ("Race Against Time") about late-blooming, 36-year-old Andrea Duke's difficult quest to qualify for the US Olympic Marathon Team, slated to compete in Rio the summer of 2016”.
Duke’s story suggested to Earned Runs that she could not, like "most non-elite athletes...FULLY ENJOY THE QUIET PEACE and joy of our solo runs, the CAMARADERIE of runs with friends and family, and the EXCITEMENT of an occasional local race". You may recall that Duke was not among the 3 women who made the 2016 US Olympic Marathon team.
This post again points out that the rest of us every-day runners can enjoy a road session without the pressure of needing to make a living at the finish line or retaining sponsors. And that we might recognize what a gift this is, every day, by deciding to ‘run happy.’
We appreciate the gifted and dedicated athletes who endure the rigors of a professional career, and rejoice when their sacrifices are rewarded by victory and accomplishment. They run for us too, providing inspiration and motivation to persevere, as well as excitement and wonder.
But it is appropriate to also hold onto the thought that EVERY RUN in which we are healthy enough to move at will, can be a HAPPY one.
EARNED RUNS BLOG POST DECEMBER 4, 2015
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. In 1978 I began participating in 10K road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health and longevity.
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