Running has been a part of my life for years. I have run for exercise, in competition and as a stress-reliever. A few years ago, because of some lingering injuries, I had to stop running and began the difficult transition to walking. Really fast! However I am still a runner in my mind as well as in my emotional psyche. Physically I may not be able to run however, mentally and emotionally, the idea of running can be my preferred escape hatch when dealing with tough life issues. There have been days when running seemed like the best option. Just pack up and go, leaving everything behind. Running away never fixes any problems yet wandering in the wilderness of doubt, unanswered questions and at times despair can be even more difficult.