Hit the Pavement

I absolutely hated running.  I thought is was boring, monotonous and you always feel so tired and out of shape.  Well, I no longer feel that way.  It is like a drug.  It is like the road calls to you when you are away, teasing you.  It is there, waiting to be conquered.  My muscles are sore, my body is tired, but I long to be back on the road.  Each run I get more confident and less fatigued.  I feel I can run longer and farther each time.

Today was a great run.  I was up before the sun, the road was wet from rain.  There was a slight spray coming down.  There were hardly any cars out.  It was like I had the whole neighborhood to myself.  I eventually started crossing paths with the school bus.  [It seems way to early to have to go to school.]  I crossed by one other runner that lifted her hand to say “hi.”  I felt like I was a part of something.  An elite club of motivated people that have found the same addiction, only, this is a healthy addiction (I hope).  It is a club of lone rangers.  It is a team of one.  You can never lose (and never win) because you are always playing against yourself.  You are only limited by yourself.  You cannot blame anyone else for your failures.

Up until this time, it is all about team sports.  Even golf is different because you are with other people.  I think that is why running never appealed to me because you are so isolated or you are running in one place on the treadmill.  But now I find it therapeutic.  It is a time to spend reflecting on life, God, family, goals.  Today I came to the realization that I need to be completely changed in all three areas: Body, Mind and Soul.  I know I have mentioned it before, but it is more than a New Year’s resolution, but rather a revelation.  In order for me to be where I want to be as a person, I have to continually work HARD in all three areas of my life.  I am enthusiastic, motivated and ready for whatever life brings, at least I hope I will be.

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