What Do You Think About When You Run?

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 7, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Kiki Homer, who lost a brother on 9/11, uses running as a form of therapy. Photo: BBC Sport

The answer is most likely different for everyone.

Kiki Homer, who lost a brother on 9/11, uses running as a form of therapy. Photo: BBC Sport.

An article posted on BBC Sport’s Web site asks the question many of us ponder when we see a solitary runner: Just what is that person thinking about?

Celebrated Japanese author Huraki Murakami may have put the answer to this question best when he wrote, “I run in a void, or maybe I should put it the other way: I run in order to acquire a void.”

Many people use running to help them recover from tragic events. At this past weekend’s ING New York City Marathon a group of family members who lost loved ones in the 9/11 terrorist attacks ran to commemorate their departed family member. One of these runners was Kiki Homer who’s brother died on that tragic day. He was aboard Flight 93.

“When I’m out there running on Sunday, I know there are going to be moments when I won’t want to continue but I’ll think about my teammates and the 40 passengers on board,” she said.

Homer took part in the first race in 2002, a year after the tragedy.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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