This blog is one in a series of stories about our Right to Movement storytellers. We have asked them about their right to movement and their running habits. Here’s Celia Riley from the US! – See more about our Storytellers here
# Describe what running means to you?
Running is a challenge that I love, because it’s endless; I can always be faster or run further, and I control my own success. Running provides me time to clear my head, relieve stress and center myself. I feel most in-tune with life and what’s important, just after a run.
# What is your best running experience?
It’s tough to narrow down just one experience because there have been so many highs. One that comes to mind is being apart of the inaugural Right to Movement race last year, meeting people from all over the world along the way, seeing the excitement of the volunteers, the police, and children who cheered us on, and the party and celebration afterwards. It was all surreal.
# What is your best running tip?
Know that your body is capable of levels of endurance, and pain, that you never imagined. Trust your training and enjoy the high. Mental strength is key! Also, good socks are so important.
# How do you fit in running in your everyday and how much time do you use on running?
When I’m training I run 4 times a week, though I also incorporate other workouts, but I spend anywhere from 4 – 7 hours solely on running.
# What does Right to Movement mean to you?
The Right to Movement is a small way for me, to stand (or run) in solidarity with Palestinians who are denied this basic right, and use my passion for running, to challenge the status quo.
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