Sunday, November 18, 2007

THE RUNNER INSIDE

Yesterday, I got up and ran the 5.5 mile Run for Ryan. The run was very powerful for me. It took me back 20 years ago when I began running the first time. My mind went over 5ks that I ran in a local park to the River Corridor Half Marathon where I broke 2 hours. I was a much lighter and different person back then. The only thing that remained the same was my love of running.

As I approached 3 miles in my run, I realized that I hadn't taken any of my ususal walk breaks. I felt great and continued. Now my mind wandered to how quick life can change and how precious it is. A year ago this week, we lost my father-in-law to his 5 week battle with cancer. I was overwhelmed with appreciation of every step that I take.

I was still running with no walk break at mile 4. My pace was still strong. Now my thoughts wondered to the future. The thought of my first Triathlon next year. I still can't believe it. So many great things ahead in 2008.

My last half mile, I pushed as hard as I could. No walk break had been taken. As I glanced at my watch my pace was 9:18. Where did that come from?

I felt a special power and peace during the entire run.

Waddling to the future........

3 comments:

Lisa - Slow & Steady said...

Sounds like a great run - physically and mentally. :)

Mary Sunshine said...

Every step is a gift!

You are a very special hero to me!!!

2008 will be a really great year.

Joe said...

Glad you enjoyed your Ryan run. Mine was awesome as well.

Great reflections!!

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