If my life hadn’t gone the way it did, I wouldn’t have what I have. 🙏🏼
70 minutes easy; building endurance.
This is a favorite spot for me to stop and take in the territory I run through. I’m not always grateful for where I live, but there are moments where I can take in what it’s offering me, like maybe it showed me something just for me to see, and I can say, “Thank you. I see you. You see me.” I’m grateful I’m running the kinds of miles I am right now and feeling good with it. Feeling strong and ready to hit it again the next day. I haven’t always been able to keep up a regular running habit. In my previous life, I could get out regularly for a week or two max, but then my life as I lived it got in the way. There was always something, like nah, I’d rather not. I’d rather drink, or go out and stay out late, I’m feeling too hungover, I just don’t wanna, it just hurts too much. My life wasn’t healthy enough to sustain a running habit and enjoy it, so I’d give up and drop it. Running as a magic eight ball of overall health was signaling: it doesn’t look good. My life was seemingly fun and exciting, but it was also grueling, exhausting, and I was very, very depressed. I was left with a wish to have my running abilities back that I couldn’t fulfill; to the point that I couldn’t even start anymore. It just wasn’t going to happen.
Then, my life changed and I changed my life. Those dreams of running swiftly, with grace and ease, stopped being a dream, and became a reality I pursue over and over, day by day. And the good news is, I don’t have to quit in pursuit of another part of my life that not only doesn’t support it, but disables me from realizing it.
So, it’s never really over. I can stop and take a break, assess myself, and appreciate my environment and thank it for showing up. But I pick back up into a relaxed pace again and persist. And in this practice my body reminds me that I am well in body/mind/spirit, I’m doing right things, and everything is falling into place. One step at a time.
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