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LJ Idol week 1: When you pray, move your feet.
Running down the road
beeker121
I am a runner.  It’s taken a long time for me to be able to say that without lots of additional qualifying comments, but at this point in my life; I think running might be necessary.
 
Maybe it’s about the movement.  The sheer joy of pushing the body a little further than I thought it could go, and finding it has reserves I didn’t know about.  The deep, rhythmic breathing (ok, and occasional hacking cough) that changes out all the air at the bottom of my lungs.  The feeling of stepping outside into a cold morning with a shiver, knowing that in a half mile I’ll be radiating heat.   The occasional twinge or ache of a muscle that reminds me to be aware of my posture and my stride, to stay connected with this wonderful machine we’re all born with.
 
Maybe it’s about the mental time.  The chance to practice a conversation I’m concerned about having.   Finding some mantra to get up that next hill, or make it to the next fence post, or go back to work later that day with a smile.  I like having the opportunity to really be grateful, or really be cranky, without any interruptions.   The ability to take in the world around me at human speed – whether running in my neighborhood or out on the trail – seeing people and saying hello, seeing animals and moving past as quietly as I can, watching the sun rise higher in the sky and the shadows all fade away.
 
Sometimes I feel like I’m most myself when I’m running, part of a community of people who are all committed to this same crazy thing.  I have discovered that when you whisper something into the wind while on the move; you’re heard.  Whether hopeful thoughts for a friend, or imagining the face of my boss on the bottom of my left shoe, it’s as though what I carry with me on a run has a closer connection to the ear of the universe.
 
Running keeps me centered, and happy, and sore.  It gives me goals to work towards, and a secret language to share with people in the starting corral of a race.  I’m a better person when I run, which I guess makes it a good thing for everyone around me, instead of being as selfish as it sometimes feels.
 
Other people recite, kneel, chant, or bow.  Me?  I run.


***This entry is brought to you by therealljidol, the number 13.1, and the sounds uh and oh.  I am running a half-marathon on Sunday so when I saw this topic I knew exactly what I would be writing about.  The sign ups for the game are open until Monday so you, yes you still have a chance to join the insanity should you choose.***

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It's entries like this that make me wish I enjoyed running. I don't know that I ever will but with your words I can get a little closer to how the experience 'should' be. :)

Great entry! :)

I know running isn't for everyone, but I'm happy I found it, or it found me. When it's a good run, it's a good everything for a while.

Thanks!

This made me want to go out for a run myself! :)

Then I have done my job. I ran this morning without my watch or ipod partially to find the right words for this, and it was lovely.

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*whispers* join us..

It took me a long time to get here, but the trip is most of the fun.

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Have you read Haruki Murukami on running? You might like him!


I have his book on my shelf to read; it was given to me at a time I wasn't able to run for health reasons and when I started it then it made me sad. I need to pick it back up.

Oh yeah I remember hearing from seasons past how you're a runner. You wrote a very similar entry maybe... 2 or 3 seasons ago? Good luck on your marathon!

Yeah, my running has come up at least once a season. I suppose that's good, because it means I'm still going.

It was a half marathon, I'm sore but I made it.

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The longer I've been running the more I think of the body that way - it helps to remember that I'm giving it bad fuel of course it won't do well, for example.

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Thank you for your kind words. There is something to knowing that your body will do the things you ask of it that changes how you fit in your skin.

Good to see you back in the game!

Thanks, it's awesome to see you back as well. Seeing friends and how they'd changed over the summer was one of my favorite parts of back to school, and part of the reason I'd have trouble not playing this game.

I really enjoyed running when I could. Now a brisk walk is more my speed. Great entry, motivational and refreshing!
I liked that whisper something into the wind part.

I'm sure I'll have to change gears to walking someday (my mom did, her knees won't take distance anymore), but I'm taking advantage of the running while I can. Though really moving is the most important part. Thanks!

I love how apparent your thorough enjoyment of the activity is here - very inspiring. :)

Thank you - conveniently this topic came up at a good time, if it was just after a horrid run when I was hurting this might have been very different.

haha, I admire your honesty. :D

I wish I could run. The joy you feel with running is apparent here.

Also, I love you user name and Beeker icon. Awesome.

I'm glad the joy came through - I should probably print this out and put it on a wall somewhere for the mornings that running is just annoying - heh.

Thanks, the name is a nickname from HS, and the icon just seemed natural.

I'm still stuck on "walk"--give me time, though. :) Nicely done!

Moving is the important part I think. Thanks so much.

Other people recite, kneel, chant, or bow. Me? I run.

The perfect line. Great work!

Thanks so much. I had figured out the opening and closing lines of this early on, then I had to battle the middle for a few days.

This was really beautiful. I felt like I was running along with you. It's good to see you back in idol.

Thanks so much, I was hoping I could carry a few people with me. I'm bummed you're not playing this year, but given how overwhelmed I feel at the moment I totally understand.

100% agree with this entry. And I like how it was written! Yay for running!

I knew there had to be another runner in this mix somewhere. Thanks for the kind words.

I like it.

how did the half-marathon turn out?

Thanks. The race was good, I was slower than I hoped but about where I realistically expected to be. The best part was getting to hang out afterwards and watch other folks (including some running the whole marathon) finish. Watching people be that happy rubs off on you.

Another well done entry, happy to see you back in this craziness of Gary's world.

Thanks so much. It's good to see you back too, the first topic always feels a little like the first day of school.

I still want to get into running. I had plans to run and started walking last year and then I got pregnant. I'm seriously considering starting up again.

Do it. Start slow and easy, especially given how full your schedule is. For me, the mental health break I get on a run is always worth the time.

I feel the same way about long walks :D

I think movement for movement's sake is the most important part of the equation.

This was great. You have some beautiful turns of phrase in there. I loved, for example, the simplicity of "that changes out all the air at the bottom of my lungs." Lovely. Very few things make me wish to be a runner but this did.

Wow, thank you. I know running is not most people's thing, but I was hoping to take people along with me for a bit with this.

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Geez, just reading about running made my asthma flair a bit and the bottoms of my lungs ache!

Well, I suppose that means it's evocative which is good, but I certainly didn't want to hurt anyone!

Sigh... You've reminded me that I miss running. Thanks! :P But, yeah, you nailed it... and, really, thanks.

It's astonishing how much something this is kind of a pain in the ass (literally if hills are involved) can get under your skin. Thanks for the kind words.

There is no high like the high from a good run or a good workout. Glad you found that thing that thing that keeps you centered and happy... and sore! Good on you.

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