Thursday, September 10, 2009

My ode to running

When life gives you lemons sh!t, put on your sneakers.

Maybe it's the old, familiar trail. Maybe it's the dirt path. Maybe it's the faint smell of horse manure, or the salty smell of the ocean breeze. 

Maybe it's the bluffs fading into the blue horizon. Maybe it's the rhythmic cycle of the waves drowning out my thoughts. Maybe it's the constant swishing of water in my bottle. 

Maybe it's the blinding sun. Maybe it's the hypnotic sound of my own breath. Maybe it's the ever constant pounding of ground underneath me. 

Maybe it's the sweat burning in my eyes, the people I pass, or the same old trees I've run by for years. 

As the miles go by, there is no fear, no anger, no joy, no happiness, no worries. Only the pure animal instinct to live, to be free, to move. To run. 

Only my deep, hungry gasps for air. Only the certainty of my ponytail bouncing against my neck. Only me and the wind. 

6 miles of therapy. 


  1. Amen! It's cheaper than therapy.

    Hopefully life stops being so sh!tty to you. :o)

  2. Julia, this is great!! I'm glad you had such a fantastic run.

  3. I'm with ya!! Lately when life gives me lemons, I make lemonade because even the running is frustrating me and at least the lemonade makes me feel better!!
    Glad you had a great run! I hope my long run ( and 1 pair of my 3 new pair of shoes) will give me the same feeling that you had on your run!!!!

  4. I hear ya! The best (free) therapy is a good familiar, confident boosting run! :) Great post!

  5. love it! i'm off for 6 miles of therapy too! ;)

  6. Love, love, love, love, love, love, LOVE this post!!! SO awesome how you just completely summed it all up.

    And YES - We're doing Napa to Sonoma in Oct. Not sure about the costume thing. It's the Hubz first race, so just getting him out there will be a chore. I'm still debating though! :)

  7. Gave me the chills, Julia. Thanks!:D

  8. I'm right there with you girl! Running is very therapeutic! I remember the ponytail bob quite well. Sigh... I miss my ponytail days.



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