Runner’s High

by Lesley on October 11, 2011 · 10 comments

in running

“There’s no such thing as excess eating, only inadequate activity.” – Dorothy V. Harris

In the spirit of the above quote, you should know two things. First, I just finished off an amazing pumpkin souffle from Trader Joe’s frozen section. Dang, I love that store and its creations. Second, I earned every bite of that souffle after running three miles this morning when it was still dark and my baby was still sleeping. I feel like I deserve a gold medal but a souffle will also do.

While getting up early is tougher these days, I wouldn’t be running if I didn’t love it. One of the things that scared me about having babies was the idea that my body would never be the same again. And maybe it won’t–it’s too early to say. But, what I do know is that my body can still run and it still feels good to run. Most importantly, though much in my life has changed this year, my mornings feel once again familiar.

I feel like myself when I rummage through my bottom drawer, in the dark, fumbling for my warm runner’s headband. I feel like myself when I knock softly on Sharon’s door, and our shoes shuffle over the  dried leaves as we walk towards McKinley. Crunch, crunch, crunch. I feel like myself when Sharon kneels down to tie her laces a little tighter before we start moving. I feel like myself when I lose track of how many times we’ve gone around because conversation is just that good. I feel like myself when we pray over our day and our worries, barely noticing that the sun has now arrived. I feel like myself when Tammy and I hop back in the car, the freeway now busy, and head home to Tahoe Park.

My body may be a little slower, and my feet might hurt a little bit from wearing sandals all summer, but otherwise I feel so good. For an hour I get to escape in this body that has grown life, and continues to nurture a tiny being. She takes a lot of me, physically, and I think one of the greatest gifts I can give her is my own health.

Maybe my body won’t ever look quite the same, but I think I’m okay with that.

image found here.

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Lesley
Lesley

Laine- this image is a royalty free image so you don't need my permission to use it. However, I didn't do a great job of linking to the image like I should have (implying that I took it, when I did not) so I've fixed that. See the post again and you'll find a link. Thanks!

Laine
Laine

Can I use this photo on my blog? I absolutely love it. It is so inspirational to me. Let me know! Thanks!

Lesley
Lesley

Thanks Pimme for saying hi all the way from Finland!

Pimme
Pimme

What a great picture and great feeling! I wanna feel that runner's high too, and run like flying. Now I'm only jogging, almost 9 km today :) That picture inspired me and hopefully will do the same many, many times. Greetings from Finland.

Sharon
Sharon

I LOVE this post because I feel exactly the same way. So many new normals in our lives and I am so glad this is an old normal we get to keep.

Anna Q
Anna Q

Just reading this now. LOVE. Happy to be part of it.

PC
PC

I'm sorry, you just chat while you run?? Impossible! When I was running, I could only think (silently) about not dying. So I'd say you're doing great.

Laura
Laura

I've been wanting to comment all day, but, well, then work and dinnertime and bathtime and getting ready for tomorrow got in the way. I'll be honest, I'm trying so hard not to read this and feel jealous that I can't run yet. (my twitter name might be a small indication that it is one of my favorite past times) My body is not the same yet, even 9 months later (not typical.. I've followed up with my doc and am starting physical therapy next week. yikes! 9 lb baby did a number on my pelvis and hips) but I did go back to yoga when Ellie was 5 weeks old, and I feel most at home in my yoga gear, in my yoga studio, on my yoga mat. Feeling my body be mine again is amazing. Even though I'm on a hiatus from yoga right now too to try and get better, I know my body will heal and will be mine again. Or that, like you said, I'll find a new 'me'. Let me know if you ever want another running buddy (once I'm better!) I'm always looking for people to keep me motivated.

Ashlee
Ashlee

Love this Les. God gave you a strong body and I know he enjoys seeing you use it. p.s. I want to join the runner's club! Maybe in November ;)