This morning, I started running, and then it happened – I kept on running!
Today was a perfect spring morning- sunny and frosty at the same time: the perfect temperature for embarking on the first ‘run’ run of the year! I have been doing regular exercise, including the odd burst of running, but today marked the first determined run.
Starting Running Can Feel Scary
I think there is always a sense of trepidation when you haven’t run for a while. Will I still be able to do it? What if I can’t run any more? Have I lost all my ‘running fitness’? The only thing to do is to get out there, and put one foot in front of the other!
What made today’s virgin 2021 run so great was that I had a running companion: my sister. She has been working on getting fit since the start of the new year, and to see her progress is both inspiring and heart-warming. It was great to be by her side.
The morning was beautiful, and the streets were empty, and the red brick of the houses were washed with the pale sunlight, and we kept on running. Sweaty, exhausted, weak, thirsty: exhilarated. We did it.
Isn’t it funny how releasing endorphins can peel back the years? I didn’t care that, to motivate her to run the final stretch up the hill to the gate, I might have looked foolish, pretending to be a trotting horse. I only cared that we were running together. The first run of spring, in our vintage running shoes. And we will keep on running.
If you are thinking of running:
Get out of the house: Just start!
Put one foot in front of the other.
Be your own cheerleader!
Oprah Winfrey said, “Running is the greatest metaphor for life, because you get out of it what you put into it.” And I think this morning run was about more than the run, it was about determination, and taking the plunge, and doing it together.
As we stood under the magnolia tree, getting our breath back, we were already planning our next voyage.