I just returned from a late-afternoon run.
I haven't been doing a very good job with exercise during this holiday season, so it was my first run in some weeks. My body complained a lot, but I was surprised and pleased at how well I did. I remember where I was a year ago... how I could only run a short stretch and how I felt like I was running uphill through peanut butter. Today felt a bit like peanut butter, since I have spent some weeks being lazy and eating junk food. But I still managed to run over a mile.
I ran a 5K in early November. It was my first paid race, and it was a great experience. My goal was to run the whole thing: no walk breaks. I trained consistently for it, running about 3 days a week (training was easy during football season because I could run while Bean was at practice.) I was ready, and it went well. My time was just under 40 minutes, which thrilled me. It was a huge achievement for me, and I found that I want to keep going and run more races.
Today was a beautiful evening for a run. I love these mild winter days here in Kansas, where the air is crisp but not bitter. I love the golden late-evening light, and the bare branches of the trees against the sky. My favorite sillhouettes are the sycamores, birch, and oaks. I love the way the earth seems quiet and still, resting. I love the time I have to think, ponder, or pray as I jog along. That alone is worth the effort for this busy mom.
Running will continue to be a part of my life. I look forward to seeing what progress and milestones I might achieve during this next year.