I was planning on posting something about my kids – some cute thing that I’ve done this month like how they set up a farmers market in our apartment or the debate they had on election night about who to vote for or the books that Jasper has authored (as he likes to say) in his writing workshop in Kindergarten. Linking up with Alison and Galit each month for Memories Captured gives me with the opportunity to stop, sit back and capture these sweet moments.
But, I’ve decided to be a little selfish this month and capture a moment for myself.
Yesterday, I ran outside for 5 brilliant miles in Prospect Park.
It has been 9 months since I last ran outside.
It has been 7+ months since my second ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair.
It may not have been the smartest decision since my tonsils and throat are still a bit swollen and sore but I couldn’t resist. It was a gorgeous afternoon – around 60 degrees (Wait, what hurricane and Nor’easter?)
But, it felt amazing and easy and effortless. As soon as I entered Prospect Park, I took a deep breathe and exhaled. I missed this. Deep down, I missed this.
I kept reminding myself to take it slow and not to push too hard. After all, up until yesterday, I was running very conservatively on the treadmill. There’s one hill towards the end of my run and usually I have to psyche myself up to get up the hill. Yesterday, I was at the top of the hill before I knew it.
As I ran, I kept thinking about Jess and her mantra to run simply – to run because I can and I’m able. I didn’t care about my pace or my mileage. All I wanted to do was run as fast and as long as my legs would take me. The phrase “I get to” kept running through my head, echoing Laura’s reminder that “I don’t have to – I get to” run. It’s a privilege that I’m forever grateful for.
So I just ran – from my heart and with my heart carrying my legs and placing one foot in front of the other.
Before you go, I just wanted to remind you of my two giveaways which are ending this week:
- My Erica Sara Designs giveaway ends TONIGHT at 8pm EST. Will you help me raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts? All you have to do is enter and I will donate $1 for every entry I receive!
- Don’t forget to enter my Chobani giveaway too! This giveaway is open until Thursday, November 15th.
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