When you are running for others.
I truly do love to run but when my run has more meaning it seems to be more fantastic. We all know running a race makes a run more awesome. The energy of other runners. The competition. The bling. For each of us it is a bit different and for some of us, it may be a bit of all of it.
I have recently become more intrigued with virtual runs. I am amazed by how "racing/running" with others in spirit can make a huge difference in how I feel about my run.
Running, Loving, Living's 34th Birthday & 1st Blogiversary today. However, when I heard the news about Sherry Arnold I really wanted to run today in memory of her. I couldn't pick between the two because both meant a lot to me and why should I have to? I ended up running with both woman in my mind today. When I first got to the gym I felt heavy....not physically but emotionally.
Taking off my outer wear felt like a relief but there was still a huge weight resting on my shoulders. Ironically, I chose to wear my Dad's shirt to the gym today. I didn't think much about it at the time but now that I see the picture, it adds more meaning to my run.
I got my darling daughter settled in the Kid's Club and headed to the treadmill to begin my run.
If anyone was looking at me they would have probably thought I was crazy. I spent a few minutes just standing there, eyes closed, reflecting. I thought of both woman and I prayed. Then I started my run and I still felt heavy but now it was all of me. But within a few minutes something magical happened. It seemed like I finally connected to the spiritual side of my running. I immediately felt light, positive, and at peace. I was running to honor one woman and to remember another. Nothing else could be better. I ran 3.76 miles today with an overall pace of 8'38".
I had started slow but increased my pace along the way. It was fantastic! Years ago when I first touched a treadmill running at 6.0 made me feel like I was about to fall flat on my face. Today I did some time at 8.0 and you know what? I didn't fall flat on my face but may have felt a bit like it for a moment.
On a different note: Stay tuned for some awesomeness in February. February is a very special month for me and I will be filling you in on why but for now, mark your calendars. I will be hosting a "Pampered Runners" giveaway and organizing a Leap Year virtual run. I am still working on logistics but will get info to you ASAP.
Today I am grateful for:
- My darling daughter's help around the house
- Good friends
- Virtual runs
- Generosity of others
- The support of the blogging community