Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Wind at our Back, The Sun on Our Face - A Great Start to 2014

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

I saw on Facebook that there has been a 10 year tradition of people running the Boston Marathon course from Hopkinton to Boston on New Year's Day beginning at 6 am. People can run the entire course or a portion of the course. Tom and I opted to run 3.2 miles from Marathon Sports in Washington Square to the finish line. We thought it was going to be in the teens and were prepared to embrace the cold but it was a surprising 27 degrees. We were fortunate to have the wind at our back and the sun on our face.

What joy to have runners pass us who had started in Hopkinton. It seems that whenever I am around runners, the energy is infectious and I can really move out there. According to NikePlus, I did a 14 minute/mile pace. It was perfect running conditions for me. We had a good breakfast and then got out on the course. I felt a sense of unbridled joy and deep gratitude that this was my start to the New Year.

Tom wanted to take a photo of me before our run:

And then we took photos after we crossed the finish line in Copley Square with the Boston Marathon ice sculpture:

Here is a beautiful ice sculpture with the lion and the lamb -- Blessed are the peacemakers:

We warmed up at Finagle a Bagel celebrating the start of a healthy New Year filled with hope, healing and possibility for all:

A Wide Berth from A Celebration of Life available on Amazon

A wide berth for healing
new life
new day
every sunrise a new opportunity
to paint life’s canvass.

Take it one breath at a time
let that be enough
sacred breath

heart beats
lasers of love

light the way home.

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