6'0 Tall wife to Muscle Man, mother of 3, full time career woman, with an addiction to running wherever her size 10's will take her.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Whole new world

The rain POURED outside the office window as my lunch hour quickly approached. AC had IM'd me that he may want to run, but when he saw that it was "pissing rain," his words not mine, he opted out. I have made too many excuses it was time to go it ALONE.

There was a chill in the air as I waited for my Garmin to find the satellite. A workman nearby looked at me as if I were a bit CRAZY, occupational hazard for runners :) As I set out I felt like I was flying, my legs moved effortlessly. I took a DEEP BREATH, it felt so good to breath and connect with my body. The rain gently bounced on the pavement and leaves. I wanted to smile. I wanted to scream! The wetlands beneath my favorite bridge were swelled with water. A funky looking bird landed in the stream next to my path. I was cold, my hands freezing, but it was revitalizing. Alive, I felt alive, more alive than I have felt in weeks.

My worst fears were that I would be ALONE, and crumple to the pavement in a crying mess. But I was not ALONE, I was strong. Running is my way to connect with me, connect with nature and now to connect with my Dad in Heaven. First solo run was a success, but was I really solo? I think not.

  • GUESS WHAT?? We have a lovely new addition to our West Coast running crew. Head HERE for the details.. I am super excited to go meet the little miracle and see new Mama Zoe today. Selfishly I have already marked 6 weeks on the calendar because that is HOPEFULLY when I get my little running ninja buddy back :)

21 comments:

Emz said...

YAY Mel. This is such a great post.

You are so strong. so inspiring.

you are awesome.

Jen (Triathlete Within) said...

I loved reading this! You are strong and definitely NEVER alone!

Kate said...

Awesome. I'm frequently surprised by how not bad--or even good--it can be to be outside in conditions I previously would've ruled out. Glad your first "solo" was a good one.

misszippy said...

I love that. Completely believe he was there riding on your shoulder.

Dawn said...

Love it.
Great run and it made me want to fly out the door this instant!

Colleen said...

Yay Mel! you'll never run alone again girly! :)

Marlene said...

So happy for Zoe and the newest addition. :)

Glad you were able to get out there for some solo running time... it can be so therapeutic!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

For sure not alone!

Running in the rain helps wash away a lot. So glad for you that you got out there and did it!

I wish I could hold and breath in that new little one two! Life is a wonderful circle.

racing dawn said...

Thank you for sharing. Beautiful run! :)

teacherwoman said...

Sounds like a great run! Love this post!

Terri said...

Lovely post - it sounds like you're on your way back. Good job on the run!

Jamie said...

Sounds amazing. Great post. Thanks for this! And you were definitely not alone!

ShutUpandRun said...

Love that you connected and found some peace today with running.

Bethany + Ryan said...

great post Mel! glad to hear you go in a solo run!

Eryn said...

way to go!

TNTcoach Ken said...

Scream when you want to, I know I do! It scares the hell out of people but I feel better......

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Awesome. Thankful you had a successful day!!!

Meredith said...

Hooray for a rejuvenating run!!! Yay for deep breaths!! So so glad it went well!!

Amanda@runninghood said...

Love this! Beautiful. So glad you have your first solo run under your running belt. I love your words. Thank you for the e-mail and for stopping by my blog.

Aimee said...

Yay for you!! I'm so glad that you had an amazing run!

Kerrie T. said...

Beautiful post, Mel. :)