Thursday, February 16, 2006

When the Love Finds You

Indulge me here, I don't get mushy often. Where are you when "the love" finds you? Maybe you've been working through weekends, not sleeping, and you've been feeling stressed. Perhaps you're moving slower and suffering more on your runs, and you feel you're not the same runner you were just a month ago.

Maybe something happens. It could be one big thing or several small things. It could be as simple as eight hours of restful sleep, staying in bed until 6, eating breakfast alone, then being joined by your wife while you sip your coffee on the couch. Maybe one of your kids wakes up and joins you, then the other coos from his crib and is happy to start the day together as a family.

As nice as this scene is, it's time to get out the door for a run in order to get back in time for work. For some reason, you bring the iPod shuffle along for the first time in months, even though your wife has co-opted it for her own runs and has loaded her own playlist. Once out the door, each foot-fall is quicker and takes you further than the previous one, and you find yourself really moving down the road without any noticeable effort. Maybe some of the songs (though much too slow for a running mix) remind you of your wife, the kind of woman who shares her valentine's day dessert without prompting, and your kids, who bring you more joy than you ever imagined possible. Maybe you even tear up, while still floating down the road, feeling grateful for the life you've stumbled into. Being able to run is the icing on a very sweet cake on a day like this.

Maybe, deep down inside, you start to feel that 2:40 marathoner you used to be, who seemed so far away just a day ago-slowly getting stronger, building himself up to be better than the year before. I'm a lucky man.

Training: 12 miles, 1:17:51, 6:30 pace

7 comments:

Scooter said...

The golden moments are wonderful, aren't they?

angie's pink fuzzy said...

I'll indulge you! That brought tears to my eyes.

Joe said...

You are a lucky man...and so good that you recognize it!!

tb1 said...

You have something that others only dream about. Congratulations.

Jack said...

I can't relate to the 2:40 marathon, but the rest fits my sentiments exactly! Well said man!

Thomas said...

Well said.

Anonymous said...

As they said about Helen of Troy.

A thousand ships couldn't be wrong.