#sol14 March 2 “I ran”

Slice of LIfe

I am participating in the March Slice of Life Challenge: A slice a day for all of March.  You should do it too! Check it out here. Thank you,  Two Writing Teachers

I know I’ve had a good workout when the soreness starts later that night, and gets worse as the next day goes on. I know I’ve had a really good workout when my friend is also sore enough to text me about it.

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I also knew I needed to exercise through the sore. So I whined about it most of the day, trying to figure out what kind of exercise would be the least painful. (I knew for sure I wasn’t doing squats today, for instance!) I finally decided to go on a walk. The snow had stopped, and the temperature was holding steady at a balmy 32 degrees. So I grabbed my sneakers, my fleece and my trusty iphone  and made my way outside for a brisk walk.

Don’t tell anyone, but there is something about the chilly smell of late afternoon to evening around here. I don’t know what it is: burning leaves, or wood, or ??? Whatever that amazing burning charcoal cozy smell is that permeates my neighborhood in the late afternoon and evening makes me want to go on a run. I’m sure this is because I started my running life* by going out after my children were asleep in the middle of a winter not too long ago. So I took a deep breath, turned up the tunes, and I ran.

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Wow. It’s hard to take a picture of your own feet running, even if you are motivated by a future slice of life post!

As I ran, I was trying to capture the run through my neighborhood . . .

I run

Smell of fire smoke
cozy warmth mingles with 
brisk snowy wind
Music fills my ears
so I don't hear my own breathing
I'm sure this makes me 
less
of a 
runner
I feel my feet hit the ground 
and I get lost in thinking
and smelling
and feeling the cold air on my face
but not so lost
that I don't keep checking my phone
to see how fast 
how slow 
I am going

* “running life”  is a laughable expression for sure, since my running life is slow and short, and not at all worth bragging about!

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20 thoughts on “#sol14 March 2 “I ran”

  1. This is a great slice of your run (even if it is short). I wish it would get warm enough here just for me to take the dog for a walk. Right now we have another wind chill advisory and your 32 degrees sounds amazing!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Yes – during this cold cold winter we seem to be having here, 32 degrees really felt warm! (Although I will be happy to welcome real warm weather soon!)

  2. I wish I had your motivation and dedication to run in 32 degree weather…or any weather for that matter! 🙂 I agree with Kris if you run, you are a runner in a book.

    1. You need to get the “yaktrax!” They make me feel so much better about running when it’s icy/rainy/snowy… Although they don’t help with the zero wind chills… brrrrrrr…Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting!

    1. Thanks, Betsy! I felt a little funny including a poem… but I ended up forcing myself to hit publish. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thank you so much for leaving a comment.

  3. Hurray for you! Running and writing poetry all at the same time- pretty darn impressive. I laughed when I read the lines, To see how fast/how slow/ I am going.

  4. I like the sneaky “how fast how slow” line break in the poem, and how it operates without punctuation (as a good run moves with its own rhythm). Nice! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Paul! I love sneaky poetry – and even though I felt weird about suddenly adding poetry to my slice… I’m glad I did, and glad you enjoyed and commented. Thank you. 🙂

    1. Thanks, Deirdre! Let’s hope this commitment works during the school weeks too! Maybe there’s a slice workbook I could use……
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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