My Daughter Has Defected


Okay, so this is going to be the first…and last….running post to go on Loving the Bike.  We’re a cycling site, right? But I just had to post this fantastic piece written by my Daughter.

Kassi has decided that she would rather write about this subject because she is much more passionate about running. What’s a cycling Dad to do?  I know she’s going to make a great marathon runner one day and I wish her all the best in anything she decides to do.  So here it is…Kassi’s Running post.

Loving the Run

– by Kassi

Thirsty.  So, so thirsty.
Tired.  Oh, so tired.
My legs.
I can’t feel my legs.

The sun.  It’s shining so bright, so hot.
I have to stop, but promised to keep going.
I promised myself to never stop.

Left, right, left, right.
As each foot touches the ground,
I get even more tired.  But I keep going.

I tell myself, “almost there…you’re almost there”.
Even if I’m still so, so far away.
Just when I started to believe.
To really believe…

I slowed down.
A pain in my side.
It hurts to breathe.

Then I hear the sound of cheering.
Cheering my name.
Forgetting my cramp, I run.
Run as fast as I ever have before.

“Almost there, you’re almost there”.
And this time, I really was almost there.
Passing people as I go.
Crossing the finish line, and still going.

I realized that I am stronger than the pain.
I won the fight.
Next time I get a pain like that,
I will cheer for myself.

And Run, Run, Run.

Enjoy Your Ride
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10 Responses to “ My Daughter Has Defected ”

  1. Anonymous on March 12, 2011 at 3:53 am

    Thanks to everyone who commented on Kassi’s post. She will come online and reply very soon….she’s a busy little girl who doesn’t get a lot of computer time.


  2. PamelaFaganHutchins on March 10, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Kassi rocks. As a runner and writer. Go Kassi!

  3. Daniela on March 9, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    What a beautiful poem, Kassi! If you have already discovered all of this, you are well ahead. Keep running and writing and follow your dreams!

  4. Sara D on March 9, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!! This is why sports are so much more important than just for your physical health. Learning how to push yourself in a sport translates to great endurance and strength when the trials of life hit you. Loved the poem! Just loved it!

  5. Amanda Gale Kotyk on March 9, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    Wow!! What am amazing post by an amazing young lady! You are very inspiring Kassi….stay strong, keep running, and keep writing!

  6. Douglas Sawyer on March 9, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Great poem Kassi! I’ve totally been there myself

  7. Douglas Sawyer on March 9, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    great poem Kassi! I’ve totally been there too

  8. Tim Starry on March 9, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    That is incredible.

  9. BrennanAnnie on March 9, 2011 at 11:45 am

    OH my goodness. I love her. You must be so proud. I am going to share this on Daily Mile

    • Anonymous on March 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks for your sweet comment. I’ll go look for it on Daily Mile.

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