Okay, so not only am I venturing into the world of writing again, I am also venturing back in to running. I have been running on and off for a few years. It is the “off” part that bothers me.

I want very much to make running a part of my weekly routine, a part of who I am. Running presents a very specific challenge: Keep your feet moving, no matter what your mind tells you. This is empowering to a girl that has suffered for panic attacks since she was 15, who has to remind herself every day that she is an alcoholic and cannot drink, no matter what. My mind has gotten me into some serious pickles… running presents an opportunity for me to triumph over my mind. Quite thrilling, really.

But running is a challenge for me. I am not a naturally gifted runner. I fight a constant battle to stay in the moment when I am running, to not worry about the next 15 minutes, but to simply focus on the here and now.

If I made a “one step at a time” joke, would I be overstepping my bounds here? Yeah, I thought so.

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2 Comments on “Run!”

  1. Miss Kris Says:

    I admire runners. I’ve always wanted to run long distances, but never worked up the endurance. And then, I was diagnosed with scoliosis and was told that I can only run on soft surfaces like treadmills. I think running on a treadmill takes the fun out of it.

    Is the next step another marathon?

  2. Kendra Says:

    No marathons. The longest I have ever run is 4 miles … so 26.2 seems a bit daunting.

    But I am hoping to do a 5k in February. And perhaps a 10k in April or May.

    And, yes, running on a treadmill can be very dull.

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