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Ode To My Running Shoes

Ah yes.........We've all been in that frame of mind. You know...the one where you wake up on Saturday morning and not only is it raining, but it's ten degrees colder than it's supposed to be at this time of year. So there I was, sitting on my couch in my relaxation/reading room looking out at the pouring rain. It's not exactly inviting....not the kind of day that holds the promise of a great long run.

And to add to my misery, I didn't run all week because of a combination of allergies and a rare bout of laryngitis.

When it comes to motivation, once you find yourself going down this spiraling staircase of doom, you will find there are a bazillion reasons you can find to not run and stay inside. The first being that you don't want to get soaking wet and cold to the bone.

And so it came to me, my "Ode To My Running Shoes". The tribute that I came up with that got the running shoes on my feet, and my butt out the door.

Oh, my dear companions. You have covered many miles with me.

You have not let me down.

How grateful I am that I have no lip from you, and that you listen to my occasional whining.

How wonderful it is to feel you with the spring in my step.

How inspirational you can be, as I meditate while on the road.

You help me open my eyes and take in the beauty that surrounds me.

You fill me with appreciation that I can run all these miles with you....never alone.

I love that you are keeping my mind sane and my body healthy.

I wish everyone could experience a support system like you, with thanks.

So there it is. Be grateful for running. Be thankful that you are healthy enough to run; whether it's a 5k or a 20k. Welcome the chance to experience nature's sounds around you, and to see the beauty that's in everything. Some people have none of this.

When the day turns foul, and your call outside is a little faint, think about how you would feel if you didn't have the choice. You would probably be really missing your running shoes at that point.....

And what did I do yesterday? I put on my shoes. Said a little thank you that my health still permits me to do this, and headed out for a run. It wasn't a long one, but regardless of the cold, wet and dampness, it was a happy one. I returned soaking wet, but content. I plan to be grateful more often. It will probably bring on more happy runs!



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