When I was an early teenager, two older girls in my neighborhood ran often. I had SO much wild admiration for them. I respected how they used their bodies in such a beautiful way. I grew up experiencing many outdoor activities but running stood alone, on a pedestal, as something exceptional. I admired running more than any other physical endeavor. I've always held running as something great and sacred. I feel like my feelings toward running have always been a part of me.
I tried running a handful of times but it never clicked for me. Physically, my body didn't want to run, but emotionally and spiritually I wanted to run and run and never stop. To me, running was beautiful, whole, and simple. We use the power of our own bodies, propel energy forward, then simply bound ahead as we were created to do. In life, we run away from things that anger us and frighten us; and we run toward things that excite us and energize us. Running wholly encompasses our emotions from one end to the other. Running is the joining of our physical self with our emotional and spiritual self.
Later on, after I married and had three precious boys, I enjoyed the beauty of running once again through my children. I vividly remember watching my boys run as toddlers. My heart was most happy and most content while my boys were running. If those little legs were pumping, arms flying, and faces beaming, it confirmed that they were both healthy and happy. And in that very moment, my world was perfect because nothing made me more content than happy and healthy kids. I would feel this way over and over again throughout their childhood every time I saw them run...playing tag, chasing dogs, following a ball, escaping a tackle, racing toward something exciting. These were my best moments. And of course, those moments centered around running. To this day, my most peaceful times are watching my boys run.
Awhile later, I attempted running again, this time for health benefits. To motivate me, I would close my eyes and visualize my dreams. My big dream was to run long distances with my boys. THAT is what excited my spirit and what my soul longed for. I would slowly patter on the treadmill, eyes squeezed tight, and visualize my boys being teenagers, running with me. My goal was to be able to run with my boys when they were older. In my mind, I saw it all. I saw 3 tall blond boys, running with their mama. However, when I opened my eyes, I saw my current reality was far from that dream. Physically, I was at rock bottom, unable to run a mile. And my boys were still little toddlers. But that is what I would think of for motivation every time I attempted a run. I am amazed that the dream I had all those years ago, has come true! In fact, the power of visualization truly blows my mind. It works!
once upon a time they were toddlers...
...and now they run with me
My oldest, Cameron, never left my side. He patiently trotted along side me every time. Sometimes he would look over at me, and if he noticed I was struggling, he would push my back, helping me along. Cameron is my consistent running partner and he hopes to do a race with me soon!
Those boys blessed my spirit and breathed life into my new found success with running. I never twisted their arms to go with me, they just joined in enthusiastically. Their hearts were tender and encouraging toward me. I am so grateful for their support.
I have since done a little bit of racing shared here and here. And recently I raced my first half marathon! I'll be sharing about that soon.
Before last training run for my half!
These days, one of my favorite things to do is run. My heart is head over heels in love with running. When on vacation, I try to run everywhere we go.
Running at Lake Powell
Running in Las Vegas
Running in boring hotels!
I am crazy about the gift of running!Running has always been something I dreamed of and now I get to experience it.
Running makes my soul shine.
I feel like the happiest girl alive when I am outside, hearing nothing but the sound of my shoes hitting the road.
I don't know what the future holds, but for today, I think I'll run.
"My" running road
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