This Grateful Season – Running

by justine

Today I went out for a short, slow 2 miles with the dog. I mean, with him dragging along behind me, I’m lucky to hit 12min / mile. It’s kind of pathetic – and yet, I feel so awesome when I’m done.

Running is, for me, one of the best releases of energy and anxiety. I started running back in 2007 with just a website training schedule and Nike sneakers. No music, water bottles or running gear. I trained for a 10k and connected with a friend who started running with me. But, I’ve told this story before.

What I want to write about now is how grateful I am to my body for holding weight as I’ve aged, for my muscle tone, for my ability to go out and jog 2 miles after not exercising for over three weeks.

I’ve tossed around the idea of training for a 1/2 marathon over the years, though I haven’t raced since that 10k in 2007. The farthest I’ve gone recently is 4 miles, and by recently, I mean in 2012. But over the past week the urge is creeping in.

When else will my life perfectly support 1/2 marathon training? We have cooler weather, flat land, beach paths, H is busy and I can bring the pup to a dog park on running days. Plus, I have no major demands on my time and my work schedule is flexible. If I started now, I could run a 1/2 in April 2013.

I am not training just yet, but my new shoes (pink & green!!) arrived in the mail today and I can’t wait to get out tomorrow and try ’em out.

Read about another friend’s 10k she just ran – go Katie!


For the month of November, I write each day about something I’m grateful for and call it Grateful Season. It’s my way of reviewing the amazing year I’ve had and helps me focus on blogging during the crazy holiday season uptick. Feel free to join me – just make sure you let me know!