Hitting the pavement (and the trails, too!)

Yesterday I went on my first long run since the Seattle half. I’ve been good about keeping up what I call my “Maintenance Runs” during the week (3 miles or so, usually in the evenings around the neighborhood). Yesterday consisted of 7 miles of goodness. Pavement, trails, the long bridge over the bay at Boulevard Park–it was amazing. To add to the moment, the sun was shining. On December 30th! Very unexpected and appreciated!

As 2012 comes to a close, I can’t resist once again acknowledging how much running has changed my life for the better. I am excited for the year to come, mostly because I am in a place where a long run is more enjoyable than it is daunting, and also at the cusp of possibly extending my speed and distances goals to new heights.

I could not do this without the support of my amazing family and friends, especially my husband. He is the one who looks me square in the eye and says, “just go… go for a run already!” He is an amazing father to our curious and sweet toddler and he holds down the fort while I am doing my job as the mama who runs miles.

There is something about physical fitness begetting other ambitions. I feel that my other goals and aspirations, emotional, spiritual, and intellectual are kicked into gear as well. Healthy body, healthy mind.

Tomorrow I run the Resolution Run with many other residents of this wonderful community. For some, it is a starting point. For others, a goal achieved. For me, another day and another run in this beautiful corner of the country I am blessed to call my home.

Until 2013…

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