Saying thank you for those first glorious steps


Every run is different. You can wear the same clothes, tie the same shoes, pull on the same red knit cap, stick your fingers in the same double gloves as you did yesterday or last Tuesday or three weeks ago. But how you feel, how fast you go, how far you go will not ever be the same — despite thinking you have it all planned out.

Which is why each run is special, and why getting ready and contemplating those miles ahead can make you — well, a little giddy, even. So you go outside and turn on the GPS of your watch, and while it’s finding a satellite, maybe you jump up and down a little because the air is so cold and the wind so brisk.

That was my morning today. I wasn’t sure what to expect, only that I’d be running. I pushed the start button on my watch, and I took off. Before I’d gone even five steps, probably four, I knew this was going to be good.

I was right. It WAS good. Glorious, even. I ran three miles farther than what I’d set my minimum to be, two miles more than what I’d hoped, a mile longer than I’d even thought about.

So for the promise every run holds…for the preparation we do because at least some will serve us well…and for those first glorious steps…The Grateful Runner says thank you.


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