And Jealousy Reared Its Ugly Head

To all my readers and other bloggers out there, I’m jealous of you. I’m reading your posts about getting ready to head out on your Sunday run — or not wanting to head out on your Sunday run. And I’m jealous. I just took a slow, easy 1.5-mile stroll, and I’m exhausted and cuddled back on my couch for a nap. Just as soon as I’m done with this post.

I know the importance of taking it slow and giving my body a chance to heal. And I’ll do it. But I’m not happy about it. And I’m sad I can’t be out there running on this gorgeously crisp early-winter morning. It’s the perfect day for a run. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed my walk. The fresh air and movement felt really good. But based on how tired I am now, it’s going to be a while before I’m able to go running.

So, as you head out for your runs, please think of me (and all the other runners out there who physically can’t run today) and put a little extra oompf in your run for me. And for those of you who are contemplating skipping your run today — or who are begrudgingly tying your running shoes — remember how lucky you are the have a functioning body that allows you to run to your heart’s desire. It really is a blessing to be healthy and well. And none of us should take that for granted.

Because on our best of days when we simply don’t want to do something, we need to remember our worst days when we can’t do it.

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