Probably the Best Thing Ever Written About Running

19 Oct

Brought you to by Lauren Fleshman, via Oiselle:

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Real Running

To run

with a body

that strains

and screams

with limbs bones and ligaments

stretched at the seams

miles away

from seeking the gaze

of anyone anywhere

only the haze

of the finish line calling

the most primal parts

of an effort explosion

spray-painted like art

on the tunnels

that pass below

all that’s expected

of women in a culture

that worships

the effortless.

 

There

is magnitude

felt in our bones

as we push back the earth

and bugs splat on the chrome

and gradually “maybe I can”

becomes must

and we haul toward the finish

our pulchritude dust

and all of the photos

show legs made of mush

with a jiggle and smash

of the violent downbeat

what if we saw them

and didn’t delete

but used them as tools

to evolve aspiration

to stand up and say

i’ll take strained ventilation

and skin patchworked

from vasodilation

from the blood that pumps

from my soul to my heels

because this

is what effort

is made of.

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