It was week 1, day 1 of the Couch to 5K program, and entailed a 45 second jog followed by a 90 second walk. Repeat. It was not easy.
One year and 466 miles later, running continues to be a challenge, but the best kind. I feel so much healthier, physically and mentally. There is a confidence that comes from tackling something that seems impossible and owning it.
Running also makes me feel thankful. Even on days when I'm sluggish and tired, I remind myself that I am fortunate to have a body that is capable of running. I have a home to return to with a supportive family waiting inside. They even write notes for me on the sidewalk in front of the house.
I'm also fortunate to run in a beautiful city. It was in that spirit that Lee and I recently committed to taking at least one photograph on each of our morning runs. The pictures are a celebration of being out there. Not only do we enjoy sharing the pics with each other, but the project forces us to pay more attention on our runs. To really notice the parts that are beautiful or interesting or worth sharing.
Here are few of my favorites.
Happy anniversary, running! I'm glad you came into my life.
"I always loved running ... it was something you could do by yourself, and under your own power. You could go in any direction, fast or slow as you wanted, fighting the wind if you felt like it, seeking out new sights just on the strength of your feet and the courage of your lungs."
- Jesse Owens, Olympian