BY: REBECCA NELSON
Every runner has a story, and I am a serial plagiarist.
It started slowly at first, with sounds. The consonants are our staccato footfalls, the vowels our effort-filled breaths.
The words. Some days you provide the adjectives I need. Other days I take the adverbs I require.
We move forward down the road, across the page, together.
But words and sounds were not enough.
I hunger for your STORIES. They are what I prize above ALL else. I snatch them from the air. I bring them into my body. I make them mine, too.
Chop the wood, carry the water. Kate Grace
There is no secret. Keep going. Oiselle
I show up for people, and show up big. Emma Mcllory
I breathe in strength, I breathe out weakness. Amy Cragg
My weight has nothing to do with how good a runner I am. Allie Keiffer
Goals are often simple, but never easy. Kelly Roberts
We have to build the houses. Sally Bergesen
It doesn’t get easier, you just get stronger. Brianne M. Kohl
Not today, motherfucker! Kelly Herron
Be brave, get ugly. Oiselle
Pain is a door. Meg Murray
I'm going to finish … on my hands and knees if I have to, because nobody believes that I can do this. Katherine Switzer
Plot twist! Devon Yanko
Stretch your limits ... and then stretch a little more. Steph Rothstein
Replace can’t with maybe, lady. Alexi Pappas
I’m doing it! I’m not sucking! Ellen Moss
Balls! Lauren Fleshman
Everything you want is in front of you. Shalane Flanagan
I quit the quitting. Beth Baker
I can do hard things. Nicole Antoinette
Maybe you aren't in my next chapter. Maybe I'm not in yours. But I have a piece of your STORY.
I will keep stealing from you. And I will never forget you.