“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run. So I ran to the end of the road. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d run to the end of town. And when I got there, I thought maybe I’d just run across Greenbow County. And I figured, since I run this far, maybe I’d just run across the great state of Alabama. And that’s what I did. I ran clear across Alabama. For no particular reason I just kept on going. I ran clear to the ocean. And when I got there, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well turn around, just keep on going. When I got to another ocean, I figured, since I’d gone this far, I might as well just turn back, keep right on going.”– Forrest Gump
After Jenny and Forrest have an intimate exchange together, Jenny comes to Forrest’s bedroom and tells him she loves him. Wanting to restart her own life after this tender night, Jenny hails a cab very early the next morning and leaves before he wakes up.
What does one do after they get their heart broken? They run! Running is sort of a theme in Forrests life and after he has completed so much from serving in Vietnam, to ping pong, to becoming a shrimping boat captain and beyond, his broken heart leads him on a very famous run.
“That day, for no particular reason, I decided to go for a little run.” This begins probably the most memorable sequence of the whole film, and the third time that Alan Silvestri (composer) uses the triumphant “Run Forrest Run” theme song. The TV announcement overhead saying that President Carter collapsed from heat exhaustion places this day at around September 15th, 1979.