I picked up running again this year. I started running back in 2011 but a few weeks in came down with runner’s knee, which is a painful inflammation in your knees that makes you stop running. I let me knees heal and would start running a little at a time and then stop running because I just wasn’t in to it or it was hot as it tends to get in the summer. But I really committed to trying running again this summer and am absolutely determined. It’s a good form of exercise, I can do it without a gym or equipment and I can take Rex with me again.
So here we are towards the end of July and I have made it to the 1.5 mile mark. It might not be considered great to triathletes or extreme runners but it’s an accomplishment for me. I’m not measuring myself by other people’s standards, I’m running for myself and only myself. I run because I feel great afterwards! I run because it lets me clear my mind of all the garbage that went on the day before or the week before. I run to feel the wind, to smell the air and to feel the ground beneath my feet. I run and I feel exhilarated and free and I’m not bound by any ridiculous rules or procedures or machines.
Running has become a part of my life, even if I can only run a mile and half at a time right now. And let’s not forget Rex, he’s a trouper and loves our early morning runs! He sees me putting on my Bikilas by Vibram and knows, he knows that I’m getting ready for a run or a walk and that he’s going with me. He’s so smart sometimes it’s crazy!
I take it one half mile at a time with my iSmoothRun app. I love that it tells me when I hit another half mile or that I should hydrate! I put in my headphones, tune out the world and with Rex by side we hit the open road in the early morning hours and it’s just the two of us.