FREEDOM is today’s Wednesday Word with Deb!
It’s the perfect word lately because the little running group I started with my run bestie has grown to 7 members! We call ourselves the Brazos Valley Runegades– our tagline is “Run Free.” Being a Runegade means we’re not constructed by a specific plan. My friend and I have made up a training plan for our fall marathons but others have their own goals so they’re FREE (wink,wink) to do what they want and how they feel. And we all used to pay a hefty monthly fee to run in a club, and for one reason or another we left and now run together for FREE (see that?). Because who needs to pay money to run with friends? I’m not against that for others, but for me, it’s nice to have that extra $$ again for race fees and traveling, which I’m doing quite a bit of this summer!
Living in Texas I’ve learned that independence and freedom is a BIG deal. If Texas could be its own country (and in some ways it could be with its GDP rivaling small European countries), it would be I’m sure. Freedom and the liberties that I have in the United States are very important to me. I’m really blessed as a woman to have rights and freedoms, but also to be able to exercise outside and wear whatever I want, even when I lived on the East Coast in the frigid winters. I know it’s not that in so many other countries.
Growing up, I would go to India every couple of years for the summer break. There wasn’t much for kids to do in a rural village because TV reception was horrible, and we whipped our way through every dusty dog-eared Sidney Sheldon book we could get our hot little hands on. So we would take walks on the road. There was no sidewalk, and the road was riddled with large potholes because of the monsoon season but we liked the change of scenery. Young girls in the village did not walk for the sake of exercise. They walked to go to school, they walked to go to the store, they walked to the bus stop, but they didn’t just walk to walk. And forget about running. Although my parents didn’t bat an eye when I would walk, run and climb outside at home in the US, in India, they didn’t want us to venture far. Even though we didn’t, groups of guys would stop their conversations and stare, clearly gobsmacked by these American girls who had the audacity to walk down the street…to walk down the street. I know in some ways, times have changed in India, but in so many other countries, there are so many restrictions for women and exercising, so I’m happy to have the liberty to run, walk or hop my way anywhere.