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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Step by step

Trainers laced, muscles stretched, I step out into the morning and hit the play button. The beat kicks in and I am off. Snaking my way down towards the canal, a light morning drizzle covers my face. Every stride forward lifts me further out of my sleepiness. I eventually settle into a comfortable pace as the path in front rolls towards my moving feet. I have really been enjoying these early morning runs of late, and despite this only being the third time in my new resolution, I am finding every step just that little bit easier, that little bit faster. A wave of contentment splashes over me as I breathe deeply. Endorphins rush in with a pumping new tune and I decide to speed up my run for a quick burst.
I want to go faster and further.
And just as the song hits the chorus, I accelerate. For a split second it feels as if I am lifting off the ground...and that's when it happens: the sudden searing pain in my left calf.
In less than three seconds, I find myself leaning against a tree with frustration and disappointment crashing heavily into me. How could this have happened? It was game over!
Taking a deep breath, I begin the long journey home, drizzle continuing to fall over my limping body.
And then I realise something...
Sometimes in life, change can take a while. It doesn't always play out like a cleverly cut montage in a movie, and as frustrating as it is, we can't rush the process. The journey is beautiful, and with just one perfectly small step, we take that giant leap right into our future.


  1. Unable to be as poetic as you, I'll just say... That sucks! (And I've been there.) I love the elation of finding your running rhythm, but screw something up every time i get into that groove (chronic bursitis in my hips makes it a poor exercise choice). Sure do miss it. Hope you recover quickly and can enjoy it again.

    1. Ouch! That sounds painful...I am starting to understand why you would miss it. There is something very freeing about putting your trainers on and getting outside. After much Deep Heat and massage, I think I am ready to take it slowly at the weekend again...Hope you are well my friend.

  2. Wow this is awesome Jeff...very introspective.

    1. Hey, thanks so much! Hope all is sunny with you!


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