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This poem appeared on Poetry Friday in 2010 from Bashfully Designed. Since I am running a race for the first time in almost two years on Saturday, I wanted to share The Song of the Ungirt Runners. The author, Charles Hamilton Sorley, was a soldier in World War I who died at the age of 20. What strikes me about this poem is the line "We do not run for prize." I don't run for a prize. I run because it makes me feel better. It helps me deal with the stress of teaching in this age. Running teaches me how to grind out mile after mile and to push forward when I would rather stop. This is helpful when it is February and I don't want to get out of bed to face the day.