A Running Anniversary

At 35, 15 years ago, I decided to try running. Alternating a run then walk from one mailbox to the next was all I could manage, trying to rid my body of residual baby-weight. It took me 2 years before I could comfortably run our neighborhood’s 2 miles full of hills.
Since then I’ve averaged 3-4 miles every other day,  Occasionally (very occasionally) 6 or 8 miles. Yet there have been a few long stretches with only weights and aerobics… then out come the shoes and off I go. There’s nothing (to me) like being free and alone, seeking that runner’s high. I can feel when I’ve had enough, or need a bit more. Like a toddler with a nap, I call it “getting my run out.”
I don’t compete with anyone other than myself. I don’t do races (porta-potty phobia) and I could care less about my times. I just love any morning outside under the sky. This is where I talk to God, and wait to hear from Him. Blogs form and many times tears blur my vision. With my red red face, high heart-rate (touch of tachycardia) and weepy eyes… I’m quite the sight!
No complaints of injury thus far, other than an occasional foot strain and a constant “ballet hip” that requires daily stretching. Running has become addicting, comforting, peace-bringing. A real stress reliever in stressful times! Not for everyone I realize, but a blessing of endorphins none the less.
For what it’s worth, maybe you’ll like it too, one mailbox at a time 🙂
“For by You I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a wall.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭18:29
Commentary: With God’s help we can advance against and defeat ANY opposition!
ForGlorySake! –Anna


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2 Responses to A Running Anniversary

  1. Betsy Begley says:

    Congratulation Anna! I share your heart, but it is for walking now, not running. 2 1/2 years ago, the day after Christmas, I started “wogging” with you and continued daily until Mom and Dad’s anniversary this past July 21. You got me started on this journey, encouraging me that I could jog too! I truly enjoyed jogging almost everyday at least 5 miles a day for 2 years. After 2 years, I began getting tired and enjoyed my jogs less and less. I got slower and slower as my ankle (from my bike accident) and knee (other leg) required elastic supports. Jogging became more of a burden and less of a blessing. I felt like walking again so I finally did! Almost immediately, I met up with a neighbor who walks with me now during the week. She walks very fast for 1 – 1 1/2 hours like I do., She was in a Bible Study with me in the past and has become a friend now. I love walking like you love running. I miss the runner’s high, but my joints don’t hurt anymore and I look forward to my morning walks so much. When alone, I too pray, sing and connect with God in nature and the outdoors. There is just nothing like my morning exercise times to start the day., I also ride my bike every Saturday morning for a couple of hours early, before the traffic starts. It is one of my other favorite things to do! God bless your runs and thanks for sharing your heart! I love you, Sister!! Keep on keepin’ on, stay healthy and active, and live loving the Lord!

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