This morning, as usual for my long run days I was dreading it. 4.5 miles was on the schedule - a distance I haven't run in years. Probably close to 5 years if I really think about it. And of course 5 years ago I was smaller, younger, and in better shape. But, I figured if I have to walk, I have to walk and I should just do my best.
I decided to take it slow - right now I really want to focus on building up endurance rather than worrying about speed. While I was running I was thinking about all my various aches and pains - my knees, lower back, etc. These thoughts often consume my runs and it is sometimes really tough to ignore them.
Today my goal was a church that is 2.25 miles away from the end of my street. While I was running, in pain and contemplating walking with every step I started to think about how lucky I am that I can run. That I am healthy enough to be able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air while burning some calories. These thoughts led me to thinking about men and women in other countries who don't have the freedom to throw on a pair of running shoes and run safely down their streets. With Memorial Day approaching, I just wanted to say Thank You to all of our men and women in uniform - past, present, and future. Your sacrifices are appreciated.