Where Running Has Taken Me, A Step At A Time

Running has taken me so far, and yet somewhat ironically, I always wind up back at home. It’s both physical and metaphorical. You can see where you are going and have gone, but what lasts is what you feel. And, of course, a few photos on Instagram.

Where has running taken you?

This is something I often think about while on my morning run, whether exploring nature or soaking in the sites around whatever city I’m in. To answer this question at times, I’ve found myself picturing (in the most literal sense possible) my feet. It gives me a sense of direction. And upon looking back at these images, I can actually tell a lot about a run and what it meant to me on a given day.

As a fun little exercise, I thought I’d share these snapshots here with you.

Rise and shine. Some mornings, all you want to do is sleep. Others, the city beckons, and you feel it from start to finish.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.53.05 AMAnd while some mornings are gray and dull, others illuminate the soul (and skin).

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.53.32 AMEven in the rain, it’s important to find color and happiness.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.54.18 AMAnd to also find ways to veer off the path and into the leaves.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.54.37 AMDon’t underestimate the power of a good stretch, mid- or post-run.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.55.07 AMOr the power of compression shorts and other things that make you uncomfortable.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.55.31 AMWhen you feel it, feel it completely.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.55.58 AMAnd when you feel the love, embrace it fully.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.56.15 AMThere are times when the sensation of finishing a run is nearly as great as the beginning.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.57.00 AMAnd times when the middle is so hard that you just have to stop and smell the street roses.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.57.32 AMSome mornings feel like fate, like when a diehard Michigan fan runs into a maize and blue moment.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.58.43 AMSome feel like a movie. I’m imagining Annie Hall.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.59.04 AMOr maybe The Godfather. Long Island always makes me think of that movie (and book).

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.59.16 AMOn certain days, it feels as though the street is mocking you. Yawn.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 8.59.58 AMOr, you know, telling you something else. Really bluntly.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 9.00.26 AMOr providing you with a sense of child-like glee.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 9.00.51 AMRemember injuries? Sometimes, the streets do that to you too.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 9.02.41 AMSo, you get off the streets and take to the beach instead.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 9.02.51 AMBecause even in the face of pain, spring always comes around again.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 9.03.43 AMAnd in doing so, you’re reminded of something great.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 9.04.20 AMAnd rekindle that peace of mind that running has and always will bring you.

Screen Shot 2014-11-08 at 9.06.20 AM

What are your top three reasons for running? What do you think about while you run?

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2 thoughts on “Where Running Has Taken Me, A Step At A Time

  1. Wow, incredible pictures!! I’m in awe of how amazing they are and YOU ARE!! You’re so sweet and reflective- I LOVE IT!!! What an inspiring post! I run because it’s a way to let go, to enjoy nature, and to stay fit! Sometimes when I run, I reflect upon my day or usually stay in my workout and focus on what my body is telling me. Have a fabulous week!! XOXO

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