The temperatures plummeted here in New England. My husband Tom said, "I think it's time we go back to the BU Track to train." He was referring to when we were training for the 2009 Boston Marathon and we did "105 Times Around the Track" to get in our miles during the grueling winter of 2009.
I'm not training for any particular event. My next race is not until April 6, Run For The Troops 5K. But I love running. I love the discipline and I love being able to do cardio workouts. I love challenging myself and I love seeing what my body can now do.
I am not the only one noticing my newfound strength. As we were running around the track, there was a young personal trainer leading a small group of BU women through their paces. About 3.5 miles in, she spontaneously said to Tom and me, "You're wicked strong...keep it up!"
When they were finished with their workout, we cheered for them as we passed them winding down our 35 times around the BU track.
If you would have told me at the beginning of this year that I would be running 5 miles, I would have told you that you were out of your mind! With the way I felt, I thought that there was no way I was going to ever be able to return to running. But somewhere inside of me, I held onto hope, healing and possibility.
And when once I worked to "find my strength", I must agree with that personal trainer at BU yesterday, "I am wicked strong -- keep it up."
Moving Forward - from A Celebration of Life now available on Amazon
Tethered and tied up to what once was
my form reappears
now training for a 5K
a surprising bounce in my step
a lightness in my heart
how is this possible?
A beacon of light for others
of what IS possible
now defying the odds
trusting in this miracle