I’ve started running. Bought the running shoes from Zappos. Got the running shorts. That sort of thing. I’m not the runner type, though. If I played sports as a boy, I did so to play not to exert. Swimming, yoga, these things I can engage my body in. They’re pleasurable. But running? Why bother? Where’s the joy?
But this body has changed. It’s creaky. The energy slogs more on some days, especially as the temp drops. So, just as thirteen years ago when my body whispered “Find a yoga class,” I’ve listened to it now as it’s said in no uncertain terms, “Run!”
Yesterday morning, before my yoga-writing flow, I sported the shorts, the running sweater, the shoes, stretched, and bounced off. Two minutes in, I didn’t think I’d make it past the next house an 1/8 of a mile up the road. But I did. Then, I thought, “Okay – just to that next house past the meadow.” A few barriers fell away, the crisp air coursed through this body, and the feet felt lighter. I reached it and thought, “Okay – maybe, maybe to the House Of Jill” (with Rose and Petal, if you’ve been keeping up). By this time, as my body moved with a steady beat my mind played out ideas for my writing projects. And, sure enough, I made it to Jill’s. Probably an embarrassing mile, all told – but an utter victory for this guy.
But this morning the cold deterred me. So, I still geared up, went into my study, and ran. In place. Luckily, my wife was still asleep else she would’ve laughed at what a hamster in shorts I might have looked like. And, sure, my mind didn’t trip into some “zone,” per se.
But no matter. The world wasn’t passing me by. The world was right here in this moment, in these lungs, the sun inching up over the trees, the birds flying around the feeders outside, and the girls upstairs still snoring. And for a simple ten, twelve, fifteen minutes I felt ridiculously alive as I ran in place, in this place where I am at home.
What about you? Any “running in place” moments? What were your day’s three highlights? Share them below and let us know where you’re writing from.
See you in the woods,
The Three Highlights Guy