Unexpected Blessings of Running

I’m power walking/running again – and it’s such a gift. Yes, it’s hard to get back to it. Yes, it’s easy to get down about backsliding but instead, I put on my running shoes and started.

As my body made clear what I’d been missing, I felt the whole world cheering me on. I found myself beaming at simply being outside. I watched the glory of the big ball of sunlight slipping down into the empty trees. In the first minute a friendly rottweiler gave me an enthusiastic hello! A little while later, I saw a Grandma and her grandkids intently watch the power and process of the garbage truck mashing – and the way their enthusiasm lit the garbage collector up. And when I finished, I looked for #todayscheerleader, as I always do. Today I found a penguin. Who knew?

Going out for a run reminded me that I am a part of this world, something that’s easy to forget when I’ve got my head down, working. Maybe I even made someone else feel the same way. Maybe someone I smiled at is beaming too, thinking, “That was so nice, that slow-running lady in the pink hat smiling at me. It reminded me there are friendly people in this world!” I sure hope so.


  1. susanJOY Hosken says:

    I went outside to pick a flower and the early dawn air was cool and fresh and a magpie swooped overhead and flew to an electricity wire and we both spent time together in appreciation. thanks for your post Jamie and happy running xoxo susanJOY

  2. kittenmom says:

    Jamie that is wonderful that you have resumed your running/walking again … to take care of precious you ….I have also just resumed going to Weight Watchers to keep m weight in tow….it is so easy during this holiday busy time of year to just say … I’ll wait until the New Year to start … but the time to start is now….you have really inspired me and it is so beautiful to be outside during this time of year. Thank you for sharing.

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