Winter Run Musings

02 Jan Winter Run Musings

As I start to put my musings into words I question why. Not why I run, why I write. More so, why would anyone want to read what goes through my head while running? Haruki Murakami captured his musings in a memoir ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running’. (A good read) The answer: perhaps someone reading may find a spark of inspiration to start or to continue their own fitness journey. It’s about running; it’s also about life.

Dark start (that equals early). Snow-covered roads and trails (where I am the roads are our sidewalks and trails connect roads). Strong SW winds (didn’t need the weather alerts to let me know that the best route was away from the lake in the more sheltered areas). Cold (that’s what the thermometer indicated but dressed in proper gear I was comfortably warm, even my hands. Bonus).

I was running for fitness–physical and mental–a combination that kickstarts my day in a positive way. My body was running in the ‘present’, yet my mind felt like I was watching a movie of voices and images ‘past’. It started with putting on my gear, inner voice suggesting that I really didn’t need to go out’. Suddenly I visualized the image of my sister dressing in her early morning walking gear. Every day, no matter the weather, she heads out the door for her early morning walk on the country roads. She can; I can. (Genetics likely at play here.)

Now and then, voices of runners with whom I’ve spent countless hours on long marathon-training runs, would speak. I recalled the poems, limericks, and jokes they used to keep everyone entertained. Stories of race adventures were excellent distractions, the longer the better. (Like fish stories these get better with time.)

Words of inspiration from coaches reminded me to dwell in the moment. Focus on breathing, rhythm, and of course, proper form. I heard the friend who always says ‘Good job’. Or, perhaps when I would be struggling up a snow-covered slope, they would yell, ‘Linda, up here NOW!’. How could I forget that bit of encouragement? I heard the words of a former student, who today continues to be one of my biggest cheerleaders. (Everyone needs at least one, cheerleader that is.)

Before long, the 8K run was done. People ask: Do you run alone? I say: Physically? Yes. Mentally? Not a chance. The voices and images are not imaginary friends. They are real family, real friends, real coaches, real people. I am grateful for each one. So, perhaps, I’ll call that an ‘8K Grateful Run’.

Happy New Year, Thanks for reading, ~Linda

Photo: D Munro

 

10 Comments
  • Diane Marrow
    Posted at 17:46h, 02 January Reply

    Words of wisdom, as usual Linda. Thank you for writing. I agree, when happy memories flow through our heads, it makes the run so much easier.

    • Linda Jones
      Posted at 11:57h, 03 January Reply

      Thanks Diane. Here’s to making more of those ‘happy memories’ this year. Happy running!

  • Charlene Kopansky
    Posted at 20:18h, 02 January Reply

    Fabulous musings! Universal message. Thank you for sharing.

    • Linda Jones
      Posted at 11:53h, 03 January Reply

      Always appreciate your comments Charlene. Here’s to many more adventures together.

  • Linh Doan
    Posted at 21:12h, 02 January Reply

    It’s great when you find an activity that gives you an opportunity to lead you to a meditative state. I have heard running is an excellent choice and the choice of the type of supportive positive people that run with you….mentally is in fact a beautiful gift.

    Sounds like you can run infinitely with that grateful state of mind. – perhaps all challenges in life is all mental after all.

    • Linda Jones
      Posted at 12:00h, 03 January Reply

      Thanks Linh. It is a gift when we find the activity that keeps us finding enjoyment in the process, not the outcome. Appreciate your insight.

  • Brian Burke
    Posted at 17:32h, 03 January Reply

    Well Done!! A great read!!

    • Linda Jones
      Posted at 00:11h, 04 January Reply

      Thanks Brian. Always appreciate your positive comments.

  • Tracy Isaacs
    Posted at 23:29h, 04 January Reply

    Happy New Year, Linda! Great post. I love the inner dialogue and it inspires me to get out there too.

    • Linda Jones
      Posted at 21:55h, 06 January Reply

      Always great to hear from you Tracy. All the best with your new adventures.

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