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23 February 2009

Open Season

I used to run.

I miss running.

With spring around the corner I have a stronger and stronger urge to just get out there and run. I want to load up my iPod with new music --- music that compels me to move --- and run until I don't want to run anymore. I think getting to that point would take a while, and that makes me happy, because I want to be out there as long as I can.

I love running--- it allows me to get to go into a world where no one else lives... the way that being under water seems to affect other people. It's like I've stuck my head into another time and space. Running makes me feel really alive --- like I'm sucking the marrow out of life --- it puts me in touch with a part of myself that seems off limits until I'm out there, in my body.

Even while I run and I feel like my lungs are crushing me from the inside I keep going and I keep telling myself, "I am a runner. I am a runner. I am a runner."

And I am.

I'm just out of season.

I signed up for a small group at our church though; a running group. For three months, we'll run every Saturday morning, training to run a 5K together.

Already I'm feeling like a runner again. And I can't wait to breathe in the sun.

{{ideal warm up - crescendo - cool down}}

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Tonja said...

where do you find these songs?
"numb" makes me smile :) and brings me back to younger days!

"all i want is you" is awesome!

"canned heat" is funky.

some of these brought visions of you running to mind...good choices!

Eva said...

i know exactly what you mean. only that i don't run but walk, 11.5 km 334 days out of 365 (i keep a simple walking journal) for eight years now. it's one of the things that define me most. walking, reading, my family. after my son was born, many things were elbowed slowly or rapidly out of my life, but walking remained and it grew more and more significant and intense.

you described it beautifully. there really is something inside me i can touch only when i am walking. a sort of awarness of a different world, a good solitude.

you made a great decision to start running again!

Carlie Faulk said...

uhhhh ~ I missed last weekend, but am going to shoot for this Sat. I'm more of a treadmill/pilates person but I did run the Komen last year and I'm signed up to do it this year so I need the motivation ~ motivate me please!!!! lol.

Stephenie said...

I need some of your motivation. I said this year "I'm going to start walking." I always find every reason not to. (Maybe this will be the year). It's nice to have people to jog with.
Hope all of you are feeling better.

beautiful disaster said...

Good luck w/ getting back to running!

I find that running lets me think of absolutely nothing while I'm doing it. I'm loving it so far. My goal is to be able to run an entire 5K. I'm close to being able to do about two-thirds. You are so right about feeling like your lungs are crushing you from the inside! But it's totally worth it.

Anonymous said...

Don't you love "All I want is you"?! And every time I hear Kanye I can't help but belt it. Any one who names a song Canned Heat is worth a listen. Plus they bear one of my many beloved nicknames. And they bring it.
(you know who it is)

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

You go girl! I only wish I could call myself a runner. Sadly I have never worked up enough stamina to run any real distance. So I will cheer you on from the sidelines!

bren j. said...

Ah, I remember running. It was grand while it lasted but I'm just not a born runner. I could never make it beyond '1 and 3s'.