C25k week 8 finished! This is where I ran today:
Today I ran for #megsmiles along with thousands of other folks all around the world. I didn’t know Meg Menzies but I think it’s important to celebrate a life cut short too soon, plus it’s events like this that can lead to dramatic change. The best friend of my “other mother” in high school was killed by a careless driver while cycling and her terrible injuries were witnessed by her cycling friends. In her honor my “other mother”, an attorney and also a cyclist, advocated for and spoke at the state legislature in favor of the successful passage of the 2005 Ann Weatherill Safe Passing Act in Washington which took a big step toward making roads safer for cyclists and runners; in part because of this law, Washington is now ranked the #1 Most Bicycle Friendly State.
I ran very slowly today–shuffled, really, and it’s been awhile since I moved past the shuffle run–because I wanted to really soak up the scenery and the sunshine and take the time to think about why I run. It’s not my favorite exercise–I prefer hiking and lifting weights–but I have come to enjoy it more the longer that I do it, and I’m really glad that I’ve made it a part of my routine. Here’s what gets me out the door to run:
- I can lace up my shoes and be ready to go, anytime, anyplace.
- I get to breathe the fresh air.
- I get to enjoy the beautiful climate and scenery along my route.
- I get to experience the slowly changing seasons.
- I run past a school and get to experience the kids enjoying recess and just being kids.
- I run past soccer fields and on Saturday mornings I get to watch kids working hard at a sport they love.
- I get to push myself and accomplish things I never thought possible.
- When my run is over, I feel like I could walk on air.
- It’s a way to feel close to my parents who live far away from me. My mom ran nearly every day for 30 years but had to stop after a terrible hip injury in a car accident. My dad has also run off and on his whole life; he even walked a marathon after training for months because of a last minute injury that kept him from running.
Meg Menzies, peace be with you and safe travels.
C25k week 8 day 4
In search of my TDEE