Real light at the end of the tunnel

Distance: 4 mi

Miles to go: 1952

Yesterday was my first run over 3 miles since Mid November…  I think I’m finally starting to heal.  I was tired at the end of it (it felt like my 15 milers used to…) but had only the slightest twinge of pain related to the injury.  What’s more important, I feel fine this morning.  I think I may even drag the family out to the park this afternoon so I can get a few more miles in.  It’s hard not to get a tad emotional about this.  I’ve wished for the day when I could truly say I was OK after a run for several months now.  I have no desire to run fast or long…  I’ve just really missed running.  I think now I can truly say it’s coming back and not feel like I am being overly optimistic.

Some interesting things occurred to me on this run.  I didn’t time myself.  I just relaxed and cruised.  I realized that I really liked this feeling.  Running without pressure of time or distance…  I also stopped trying to pick my line through the sometimes mushy trail.  I wasn’t going fast enough to do damage to myself or the trail so I just plodded through the soft stuff (in my new shoes…).  I realized that I pay WAY too much attention to the little stuff.  I realized that the sound of the creek and that piercing call that can only come from a Cardinal are a lot more fun to pay attention to.  I realized that, though I can daydream and ponder during a run, it is very difficult for me to “think” along a logical path (i.e. the steps needed to complete a task) and by the time I’m done with the run, I have forgotten most of it.

Finally, I realized that I really missed all this…  Even through a week last week that taxed me mentally, emotionally and physically… I feel great today.  Inside and out.  It’s been a while since I could say that…!

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One Response to Real light at the end of the tunnel

  1. Nat says:

    I got teared eyed reading that… I love that feeling from running. Those moments when you are notice life around you. Inspirational.

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