UPCOMING EVENTS for 2016: Puerto Rico Marathon (March), Virginia/Pennsylvania Marathon Double (April), Cedro Peak Ultra 45k (April), Quicksilver 50k (May) NUT 50k (June) Lake Tahoe Trail 50K (July), Cloudsplitter 55K (October)

It's never too late to be what you might have been. --George Eliot

Athena is the Goddess of wisdom and war. In 2005, I declared war on my own bad tendencies: sloth, being fat, compacency, and being too old for adventure. This is the story of how I went from being someone who never stood when she could sit, to being an ultrarunner, marathoner, and triathlete. Along the way I've cried, laughed, fallen, gotten up, lost, won, hallucinated, been dehydrated, DNF'ed, and been DFL.
I also swear. Alot.
"You're never too old to be what you might have been" --George Eliot

Thursday, May 07, 2009

In which I love feeling my body move.

A few years ago, when we first started all this running and stuff, Baboo said to me the something that caused peals of laughter:

Sometimes, I just love to feel my body move.

I think I even responded something snarky, like:

I love to feel my body laying on the couch.

But this morning, I got it. I really got it.

I hadn't run since Sundays 10K run/5k walk thing, and I felt like I needed to. I would have run last night, but we went to dinner with relatives. It's been a bit of a stressful week, and I have a triathlon this weekend, and an ultra the next.

But, that's not why I dragged my 170 pounds out onto the hills at dawn this morning. I can't explain what drew me up and out of bed early, but I laid out my clothes and shoes and ipod last night, then went out. I went up and around and down the hills. It was only for about 1-1/2 miles for about 25 minutes before work, but that's all I needed.

There was no Garmin, no objective, no target pace, and no plans. I just moved easily and enjoyably over a known loop around the trails, not caring how I looked, or how fast I was going.

I felt my heart pounding, my chest heaving and my lungs burning; the air was cool on my skin; I felt strong as I crested small hills. I rounded one corner and the early morning city was spread out before me, the sun not yet on it.

I finished and walked into the kitchen, and told Baboo how wonderful it was and how great I felt and then I told him, if he was my patient, I would prescribe this for him every day.

And that's when he reminded me of how I mocked him for talking about how he liked just feeling my body move.

I walked back into the house and loved everyone and

everything and

life is good

and I loved, just loved,

feeling my body move.

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7 comments:

  1. I ran this morning also and the NM air was perfect.

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  2. Related and unrelated to this post - I appreciate your willingness to share your good and bad days with the blogging world. In fact, your willingnes to discuss your recent doc visits, unusual results, and finally the successful solution convinced me to actually make that doctors appt (the one I was sure would be a waste of time because no one would believe me that something was "off").

    I did it, and they found that I was not metabolizing B12, and living in an oxygen deprived state. When they gave me that first B12 shot, and the fog lifted, I was so grateful to you for being willing to share such personal info and inspire me to go - and I want you to know that it helped at least one other person be able to harness the joy of sport again!

    Thank you!
    Eileen
    eisparklz@blogspot.com

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  3. Gorgeous scenery! Sounds like a great run - sometimes the best runs are the ones you do without watch, garmin, ipod or other electronic device.

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  4. Misty, this is a beautiful entry. Reading it, I can almost feel the cool mountain air against my skin. I'll definitely be getting up and getting out early tomorrow!

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  5. A friend of mine has started exercising recently; she said it was becuase when she hugged me she liked how strong I felt and she wanted that too. Feeling strong and comfortable in your skin - such a gift.

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  6. great run! love those days when it just goes excellently, and gorgeous views!

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