I ran! I conquered! At least that’s how I feel. Lol! After a much-needed warm and bubbly bath, my feet are propped up on the sofa. My son is hypnotized by his Nintendo 3DS game, while my hubby and my daughter are getting their sleep on. I thought I’d be sleep, but I’m not sleepy… yet.Truly blessed is how I feel. After getting about 4 ½ hours of sleep, my hubby, daughter and son got up at 5:00 a.m. today to go with me one hour away to Philadelphia for the run. I was dropped off near the start of the run and they set off to park and to coax our son on to take part in the kids events. He did not participate. It was probably too early for him. What I love most about running events is that there is an abundance of comradely. Runners of all age, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, social status, income, and physical ability all come out. Most are supportive and encouraging.
Along the course, I saw a young mom pause from running to bottle feed her baby in a jogger’s stroller. Not even an infant prevented her from partaking in the annual run. If she can do this, surely anyone can.
A healthy life style is a conscious decision.
You choose to participate. Runners of all shapes sizes and ability run the course. The time on the official clock is of no importance to the average runner. What ultimately matters about time is that living a healthy lifestyle may add to one’s life. I said, “may.” I know that only life and death are guaranteed.
Mom loathes when I speak of a healthy lifestyle. She is quick to name those who ate well, never smoked, and exercised yet died from cancer or another terminal illness. I also point out the data that supports the principles of maintaining a fit régime, but it doesn’t matter.
I believe that to change our perspective we must be open to new ideas. If we’re not open to new viewpoints, then no amount of data or persuasion can adjust a person’s thinking. I accept that and stop trying to convince her to take better care of herself. She believes that at 78 no one can change. That is her truth, which I now respect.
Most runners set personal goals. Perhaps complete the race because it is their first run. Possibly run the entire event versus a walk-run. I try to improve my time but regardless, I am overjoyed at completing another organized running event and wish that I could bottle the feeling for other days that are more challenging. What’s next? I don’t know, but more running for sure. I also want complete a mud run and a triathlon. Don’t they sound like fun? Lol!
Here are more pictures from the Broad Street Run.
If you haven’t participated in a run or run/walk event, I suggest that you give it a try. You will love the feel of accomplishment when you complete the event.
Although I feel short of my goal, I finished the run and I am happy!
I finished in 1:32:45
Pace: 9:17 minute/mile
Time of arrival: 10:26:45
Keep it movin!