"when the walls fall all around you
when your hope has turned to dust
let the sound of love surround you
beat like a heart in each of us."
i used to walk on the treadmill and just walk and walk and walk. i was afraid to run, i kept picturing myself flying off the back of the treadmill and people looking at me and wondering what in the world i was thinking. one day out of the blue, i ran...and because i didn't fall off the back i kept running more and more. then one of my most wonderful friends asked me to do a 5k. i kept making excuses about why i couldn't do a race, but finally i did that first race in the spring of 2009 and since i didn't die, i did more races and kept running.
|run the palisades may 2010|
i am still running and i love running. i've done a whole bunch of races and even though i've had my time when i couldn't run because of injury or self imposed running sabbatical, i crave that time with self. i even won a medal* for being 3rd in my age group when jeff and i ran hackensack in the fall of 2009. i set a personal record that race, the first time i ever ran a 5k in under 30 minutes. *in the fine print of the medal it reads, "nik, there were only THREE people in your age category for that race..." still, a medal is a medal....
i hurt my ankle badly this fall and i hadn't run since november. finally, when my ankle was better and my all or nothing self stepped away from the comfort of morning pajamas, i found that most wonderful feeling again... within the comfort of my running sneakers. the time to spend time inside my head...and the time find myself and my voice. i love that feeling when i lose track of how fast (or slow) i'm going or how far i've gone and i am just going. with that comes empowerment and a sense of contentment with where i am at right at that moment. and that kind of magic flows through the blood even after the running shoes come off.
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