I run because I “can.”

Todays post comes from Live Brave founder and creator, Lesley Glenn



It used to be that I ran with a goal in mind.


2 miles

3 miles




Every mile minute became an endeavor to overcome and do better the next day.

Every hill to be conquered.

Sacred sweat pouring off my brow.

I was victorious over the pavement.

I felt proud.



I couldn’t run, even if I wanted to.

I didn’t want to.

Plagued by treatments, sickness, medication, surgeries, fatigue….

I gave it up.

To get well.

When “well” came back,the thought of running intimidated me.

I knew I could not go back to where I had left off.

I had to start again.

I was too proud.

I walked.


I saw her,  with a cane in her hand, maneuvering along the beach.

She was beautiful, and young. One of her legs much smaller than the other.

The cane made to support her was not.  She held it high over her head with both of her hands.

She was unstable, losing her balance, making zig zags on the sand, walking  with intense concentration.

I thought to myself, “She walks because she can.”

She caught my eyes and I said, “hello”  but it was obvious she was focused on her efforts.

I walked another twenty feet and I looked behind me.

Still holding that cane above her head,  she made her way down the beach.

I turned around and started to run.

Knowing full well that in 30 seconds I would have to stop to catch my breath.

I would start all over again.


I run because I “CAN”

Lesley lives a life cultivating gratitude, knowing that each moment is an opportunity and each day an adventure. She believes that her purpose in life is to breathe heaven on earth by being fully present and living wholeheartedly, and desires to encourage others to do so as well.


3 thoughts on “I run because I “can.”

  1. Once again you hit the nail on the head for me! For a couple of months now I have lost all motivation to work out. But I can – I am able and I have a health club membership provided by my employer. Like you, my pride has been the driving force. I attend the group classes and will not be able to keep up full force when I go back. But I WILL start all over again! Thank you for this.

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