Don’t Throw Away the Oars

26 Sep

So, here’s a short post for you and one in which I’ll share a secret.  I’ve been out of running for at least three weeks now. I’ve been busy, of course. Planning a wedding, getting married, going on a honeymoon, moving, returning to work. It’s been terrible.  My whole rhythm is way out of whack. And, I felt it. Really badly today when I took to the pavement. I barely churned out a 5k which is unlike me. For the past two years running has been such a pleasure, but tonight, it was actually pain. I suppose the experience is a humbling one since, given my half marathon status, I’ve sort of poo poo’ed shorter runs. Why do a run at all if you’re barely going anywhere?

Tonight I realized, it’s the process that really matters.  Sometimes the road will be difficult, but you can’t give up.  Running is a time for introspection as well as fitness. It’s something you can do anywhere without props or an aerobics instructor yelling “just one more rep!” at you.  It’s your time and it won’t always be easy.

I came across this fantastic and telling quote while on the internet earlier today. It’s kind of great when something that happens to you in the morning ends up being a sign, or, at least something to which you feel a need to return later in the day.  It’s so karmic, kismet, whatever you want to call it.  All I know is that, it’s true. As they say on the street, running, like life, is about the journey and not the destination.

If today you were slow, tomorrow you will be faster. If you’re struggling to find shore, sometimes all you can do is keep paddling.

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