On running …
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This morning I put perfume on before I ran. And I don’t know why. I don’t run into anyone running because, for the time being, I’m back to running on the treadmill, mainly because I can’t handle the heat and humidity, but also because, in order to take the heat and humidity, I’d have to wear shorts and a tank top, and that coupled with the fact that I impulsively break out with run/walk interpretive dances of sorts, or a full-on air guitar … well some things are just best kept in the privacy of one’s own home.
So, I’m not sure why I impulsively applied perfume, but I do know that, even though I didn’t look like her, I did run smelling like Jennifer Aniston (my favorite summer fragrance, by the way). I ran like a flowery breeze. And it was good.
Anyway, it’s been a while since my last running update. The 5K went well. It was fun, and I met my goal of running the entire distance without walking. I’m looking to schedule another 5K for the fall. Keeping something on the calendar will keep me trucking.
While you’re here, I wanted to share with you an email I received before the 5K, in response to the Thankful post.
“I just read your blog entry about running. Just wanted to tell you that it touched me very deeply. I loved to run. Love Love Loved it. I ran track and cross country in high school and it was my passion. The end of my sophomore year of high school I was in a car accident that left me paralyzed and requiring the use of a wheelchair. I cried. A lot. Not because I wasn’t going to walk again. But because I would never run again. I just wanted you to know from one runner to another … I loved the post! And kick some serious butt in that 5K this week!”
Thankfulness was already in the forefront of my mind, but she just pushed it on home for me. I can easily get caught up in the swirling of the world and life, that I take for granted the blessings right in front of me. So I ran that 5K.
I ran because I could.
There are so many things I don’t do when I could. Standing there on the sidelines, watching, wondering, and wandering, waiting for something … a sign, permission? I don’t know.
What I do know is that I have legs that for now work, so I will run, and walk some too. And maybe I’ll add some lipstick along with the perfume next time, just because I can.
Go and do, friends. Go and do.
That really puts it in perspective. Thank you for sharing. I’m glad you met your goal and ran the whole race. I have yet to enter a 5K, so I think that’s next. Wanna run together? I could use some pleasant aroma when I run. 😉
Wouldn’t that be a blast?!?
Keep tuned in for some more 5K stuff in the next month.
This was so beautifully stated, Amy. The email from your reader is such a good reminder to all of us to truly live in in the moment and show gratitude for what we have RIGHT NOW, rather than constantly wishing for more. I love that you are getting back on the treadmill and keeping yourself moving. It’s such a great feeling, isn’t it?
I ran because I could. I love it. Such a wonderful post, thank you for sharing.
I ran because I could- YES! xoxo- K
There is something about that “running because you can.” it’s hard, but it’s freeing. I now crave it.
PS…I totally wear lipstick when I run. Not for anyone other than myself. 😉 Might need to break out the perfume next time.
go Amy, go Amy, go Amy!!! you ARE an inspiration my friend!!
Wow, so inspirational! Even though there are tragic stories, some of the most driven & motivated athletes are those who have been through really big life trials. When I’m feeling “burnt out” or “unmotivated” it is stories and people like this which keep me going. Thanks for the motivation. And with that, I’m off to bed soon…I have a 5K bright & early. 🙂
Keep up the running!
This inspired me to want to start running again!! Thank u!
SO proud of you, Amy! Running is awesome and I’m glad you’ve found a love in it. Wait, you do love it, right? 😉
Yeah, love? Maybe not quite there yet. ; ) But I don’t absolutely hate it anymore.
Great post Amy! I need to go and do ….
Amy what a beautifully written post! The reader email made ME tear up. We do have a lot to be thankful for.
And PS, now I think you are even more cute for wearing perfume to run. 🙂 🙂
aww…this is really a wonderful post. 🙂
Funny post. Sometimes before I head to spin I put a little lip gloss on, no other makeup, just me, bedhead and lip gloss. I don’t know why. I just do. Maybe it puts me in a better frame of mind for those grueling climbs!
Great job on the 5K. I wish I could get into running. I’ve tried, by training for a marathon, etc… just cannot do it. My sister did her first 5K a few years ago, and it gave her running fever. She is always signed up for some race, etc… that is a good motivation! Keep it up! Perfume and all ..
Oh my goodness! I loved this post, Amy. Thank you! xo
p.s. Forgot to mention… Thanks for air guitar giggle. Maybe I’m not as weird as I thought. 😉
Love this post 🙂 My red-faced runner friend, I applaud you for running because you can. I do the same, and I’m grateful for every day that I can put my feet to the ground and make them GO. XO
Beautiful post love. I needed a box of Kleenex after reading that but so worth it. I am off to go and do! xoxo
Great perspective. You’ve inspired me to get off the internet and get going. Life is too short!
Very cool on your run!!! Just found it funny, I just bought those exact shoes. I do believe I run faster because of them!!! LOL Keep it up.