Humbled – The Shrinking Jeans of Lisa


August 1, 2010 By lisa

Today was my first *official* (training) long run for the San Antonio Rock n Roll 1/2 Marathon in November.  Race Day is 15 weeks away.

I ran 2.5 miles this morning.

This may not seem like much when I will be running 13.1 miles on race day, but for me, it is the beginning of this journey.  Although I have kept up my fitness level since my hip injury on May 1st, by cycling and swimming and lifting weights, I once again feel like a newbie to the running world.

All was quiet in my house this morning, everyone was still sleeping, when I donned my running shoes.  I quickly packed my stuff because I wanted to get out the door before anyone woke up.  I scrawled a note for my husband since we hadn’t talked about this previously.  I jumped in my car and drove to the starting point on the trail, a trail I haven’t run on since April.

I got out of my car and went….nice and slow.  The sun was shining coolly (think 78 degrees cool, which IS cool compared to 85 degrees “cool”).  There were lots of other runners on the trail.  I rounded a bend to begin the bridge over a portion of the lake.  I love this part of the trail because it is so beautiful and peaceful.  My thoughts instantly returned to HOW LONG it has been since I ran this trail and I began to cry. 

I was so very honored and humbled that my body is allowing me to run again.  To give me the sense of freedom that I can rarely get anywhere else.  To feel movement and motion.  To have sweat drip down my face. To do the “runners wave” to others on the trail.  To enjoy the outdoors.

I cried no less than 3 times this morning.

I will take what my body will give me.  I will build it and make it stronger and love it.  My mind is already stronger and ready for the mental part of running.

I want to cross that finish line in San Antonio, on MY terms, with nothing “broken”, with my heart soaring over what I have achieved.

I will do it.