In have run my share of 5K races, triathlons and even completed the Portland Marathon. I used to go running on the trails with my dog, Luca and that was our routine at 6am for a while. But between a car (Prius) vs pedestrian (Madeline) accident that injured my neck and back (and gave a nice bald spot from the windshield) two years ago, my crunching, moderately arthritic 40 year old knees and the exercise-induced asthma, I had given it up. But I missed it. I can still remember the ache in your legs for the first 2 miles until you hit your rhythm, and then your body is just a machine, efficiently carrying you from point A to point B. And I was always a little envious when I saw other runners out under the sunshine.
Today was a clear, crisp Californian morning and I just wanted to see if I could still run to this nearby park that wasn't too far away - just over a mile away. My plan was to run on the asphalt instead of the concrete (a little softer for my knees) and to alternate walking and running to keep my exercise-induced asthma at bay. And while I was slower and frankly, a bit more jiggly than I remember being (2 kids later), I was running again. How I missed this time. I don't know what it is; I do other workouts by myself, but there is something different about running by yourself. It's more...peaceful somehow when it's just me and my breathing and the pavement.
And even though it took me longer because I had to stop and walk to catch my breath, and my knees held up okish, I happily made it to the park and turned back, homeward bound to get back in time to help my husband for the morning kindergarten rush of breakfast lunch/homework packing. And of course there is also the daily wrestling of diapers OFF and clothes ON my squirmy toddler.
Just a random blog to remind myself and you that exercise doesn't have to be about fitting in those skinny jeans or increasing the size of your 'thigh gap'. I do exercise because it helps me feel strong, gives me stress release for the day ahead and in some small measure, it helps me regain that little time to myself before being the wife and mother and boss.
Wishing you all health and exercise today.
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