We are honored to share these beautiful words written by our RADrabbitPRO Brittni Hutton. Brittni, thank you so much for sharing with us.
I would like to dedicate this Blog to my Grandmother, Helen Hutton, who passed away Tuesday morning on December 6th, 2016. My grandmother is one of the most intelligent and motivational women I knew. In Heaven she will be supporting me as she always has, along with my Grandfather, Charlie Hutton, and older sister, Courtney.
Why do I run?
I love this question and when I think about it, it takes me back to the very beginning. The question reminds me of specific moments while training and racing, the life lessons, and the beauty of making unforgettable memories.
I run because it is the first thing I look forward to everyday. I make every run count and believe there is a purpose behind that run. I run because the world is my playground and I can explore just about every bit of it with my feet. I run because it has introduced me to so many motivational human beings, who just like me, simply love tying up those laces and enjoying the outdoors. Running brings me solitude, peace, and community. It allows me to dig deeper and has expanded my preconceptions of what I thought was possible.
As many high performing runners have discovered, living the life of a "professional athlete" is not easy. You are training mornings, afternoons and evenings. This includes second or possibly third runs, cross training, strength training, physical therapy, massage, drills and eating a balanced diet (which can be costly).
Including running, Brandon and I have a total of 9 jobs. We do not consider this a sacrifice because it is what we choose to do. We cherish the moments that we can put one foot in front of the other. We are living and chasing our dream, one step at a time. We both look at this point in our lives as opportunities to grow our networks, make new friends and embrace the journey. Sure, it takes a lot out of us, but we have faith; faith in our training, faith in our coach, faith in our abilities and in each other. We would not trade what we are doing for the world.
Running allows me to connect with and inspire others. It’s simple. It’s enjoyable. And I absolutely love it. Nothing compares to it and nothing can ever replace it.
Thank you, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.
- Brittni Hutton, RADrabbitPRO
Photo cred: Sarah Attar