I met Ellen Hart while I was living in Denver while I was training for my very first marathon. She was more than fast. I admire her for her strength beyond running. Overcoming obstacles, being a working mother, and always a friend on the race course! Here is a great article on her and below are her thoughts on running. This will be her first ING NYC Marathon!
Amy Freeze: What are the reasons behind your runs? You have returned to competitive running!
Ellen Hart: I run because it makes me feel good. Now, not every run feels good, but overall, there is never a day that I don't feel better after I've gone running, than I did before. It makes my body, my mind and my heart feel better. I seldom run with music (only when I'm on a treadmill), so I have lots of time for thinking on a run. Sometimes I have a worry or a problem to figure out, but usually I let my mind wander where it will. It's as if the bucket of stuff gets sorted somehow, settles itself into an order I might not have discovered on my own. I think I was put on the earth for a few reasons. One of them is running--I never have to question the "rightness" of running. When I feel strong and fast, I exult in the capabilities of the human body. When I feel slow and hunched over, I am grateful for the quality of persistence, and the opportunity just to be able to run at all (one of my sisters has MS). When I am in a period of running consistently (there have been injuries and children requiring time off) I like how my body responds to the demands of the activity. I like breathing hard, I like muscles.