Perseverance.  Focus.  Endurance.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, (2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.)
        Hebrews 12:1-2
Just Breathe

Just Breathe


Hello my darling readers...fellow runners...and health nuts alike! I'll have you know that I am a procrastinator to the EXTREME. I'm a "I'll do it the night before, no problem" kind of person. I like to call it a talent...I mean, I'm pretty great at it. I kept telling myself I'd get a post up tomorrow. 'Tomorrow' came and went. And then another tomorrow arrived and I said, "Nah, tomorrow, for sure." Then guess what? ANOTHER tomorrow came and I still hadn't gotten around to it. So I have no excuses for not posting. Sorry. Anyways, let me tell you about my little epiphany this morning. I got up at 5 as usual for my ritual morning workout. Cardio and abs. Today though, was a sweat sesh to the extreme. I like sporting the ever-sexy sweatpants and sweatshirt combo when I work out in the morning, mainly because the amount of sweat I produce makes me feel like I'm working harder than I actually am. So here I am, sprinting on the dreadmill like ghosts are chasing me, sweat dripping into my eyes, five seconds left...done. I hit the stop button and take a breather. 

That's it. That right there was the moment of my epiphany. "That's it?" You ask. "You just ran on a treadmill and then stopped." Um, yeah, that's pretty dang awesome. Why? That first breath after my run was pure bliss. A natural high. It's similar to when you're coming up from underwater after you've been holding your breath for so long. Your lungs fill up with the oh-so-precious oxygen that you've been incessantly huffing and puffing for however long and you just can't get enough of it. Yeah yeah, I know, it's just breathing, nothing special. But to a runner, it's kinda amazing. Do it, right now, take a deeeeeeeeep breath in....................now let it out............Feels awesome, doesn't it? Think about it, your body does some pretty amazing things; most of which you don't even notice. That, my friends, is why running--the most simple of activities--is such a huge feat. Take a moment to thank your lungs. Without them, running would suck. Not to mention impossible.

It's the little things in life that make it interesting. When we take the time to really let things sink in, they become so much more meaningful. Okay, maybe toenails and sweaty feet don't exactly fit in that category, but hey, they help you run, too. So take a sec, look around, and find the awesomeness in the insignificant. And most importantly, just breathe.

Happy Trails!

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