Running with the Wind

2 Apr

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Yesterday I reluctantly pulled on my running shoes, tied them up, and left my husband with the kids for a thirty minute jog. My mind was telling me to just skip it, given that the temperature had plummeted from seventy degrees earlier in the day to forty-five at 7pm when I finally made it out the front door. But it felt good to be moving after all the sugar and heavy food from Easter Sunday.

My phone provided music while I trotted along, my legs still sore from my first jog of the spring two days before. Now that the weather is changing I just want to be outside again. Too much time passed without us being able to go out due to snow, rain, or plain frigid temperatures. The air smells different when spring emerges. Trees and flowers perfume the breeze, along with the fresh mulch that neighbors spread to make everything look fresh. My favorite is the scent of hyacinth at this time of year. I slowed my pace when I ran past a house seemingly anchored in them, taking in the heady fragrance.

The wind was fierce, slapping my face with its icy coldness. But the extra oxygen I sucked in from the air flowing at me propelled me forward and it was as if I ran faster. My bad knee held out thanks to the patella strap I had pulled tight around my knee cap. The rest of my body got a thrill from being on my old route. I didn’t do the whole loop, but it was enough to remind me of last year’s jogging nights. Made me long for the strength I felt back then when I was running almost every day. I’ll get there. One step at a time.

Yesterday my second post for WhatToExpect.com’s Word of Mom Blog went live. Please head over and check it out if you have time! :)

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12 Responses to “Running with the Wind”

  1. Kimberly M (@momgosomething) April 3, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    Oh how I wish that my back wasn’t such an ass shat and would let me run. I do take walks and it is amazing mood lifter. It’s great to be out there on your own. Well if it makes you feel better, our high temp today is 43…

    • BipolarMomLife April 3, 2013 at 1:11 pm #

      My knee is an ass, but I’m hoping it’ll hold out long enough for me to build up enough endurance to run this 5k I signed up for on May 5th. After that, I’ll probably need to switch to yoga for awhile. I don’t know how people do marathons. I don’t think my body would be able to withstand that kind of intense training. And weather-wise, we’re back to the high 40’s here too. I am craving 65+ and it may hit that this weekend, we’ll see. I’m so ready for spring.

  2. Tiffany April 2, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Keep running! I am glad you got out. When I finally do I always feel better afterward!

    • BipolarMomLife April 2, 2013 at 10:34 pm #

      Thanks, Tiffany! Yeah, it felt great and I’m not even that sore after the second run. I’m going to stick with it. :)

  3. Mia April 2, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    Yes, that is the right attitude; just one moment at a time, depending solely on the grace of our Heavenly Father!
    Blessings
    Mia

    • BipolarMomLife April 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

      Thanks, Mia. I’ve been blessed in so many ways, that’s for sure. Thank you for visiting. :)

  4. Ronda April 2, 2013 at 2:01 pm #

    Just dropping by from the EO. Your story is valuable. Thanks for taking the plunge to share yourself with the world.

    • BipolarMomLife April 2, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      Thank you so much, Ronda! I’m enjoying the plunge so far. :) Thank you for stopping by.

  5. Masala Chica April 2, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    One step at a time. As long as we remember that, we should be golden.

    • BipolarMomLife April 2, 2013 at 11:03 am #

      It’s the times I am impatient and just want to run faster that make it hard to remember to slow down and take it one step at a time. But I’m working on following my own advice. Thanks for stopping by, Kiran. :)

  6. Linda Killi April 2, 2013 at 9:13 am #

    Yes you will get there. One day at a time. So proud of you.

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