Running Sets Me Free!

by Trisha Von Thun

When the game of life has got me down
and things are closing in on me
Alone on the streets is where I’m found
Running sets me free!

When everything looks bright and clear
and good times comfort all I see
My smile reflects my good cheer
Running sets me free!

But when life becomes a dull routine
and I long to escape monotony
upon my feet I will spring
Running sets me free!

With each stride I continue forward
striving for the final goal
a burst of speed, a lunge for the cord
Running make me whole!

Written in 1986 while in high school and reflecting on how running was such a huge part of my identity growing up.

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