Hallelujah!

I have so much to be thankful for. This I know. But today’s post starts with some running happiness!

Last week I had decided to start running more, and decided on 3 times per week. I managed all three days, about 2.5 miles give or take. Each day my knee would start hurting about 1 mile in, maybe sooner. I was doing a lot of walking intermixed with the running, still managing to complete the distance I had set out to do. My pace has been between 11-12 min/mile (mid to high 11’s to be honest).

I was ok with that. I told myself I need to take it slow. I don’t want to risk further injuries, or new ones.

Then there was yesterday. I set out for my lunch-time run around work. It’s about the only time I have to run during the week with a 2 job work schedule around Christmas. Again, about 2.5 miles or so. I set out and felt great starting out. Before I knew it, I had gone a mile already, with a pace just over 10 minutes! You have no idea how excited I was! (or maybe you do, either way, I was ecstatic!)

I finished my run. Total distance: 2.88 miles. Average pace: 10:22

Hallelujah! I couldn’t believe I finished it with little pain in my knee! Yes, I felt some minor tenderness, but none of the pinching pain that would sometimes come. With very little walking. And the walking that I did was more because of my breathing than any knee pain. Just trying to build back in this cold air is a bit on my old lungs, but I’ll get there.

Honestly, I think this was the best Christmas present I could wish for. To be able to run again. To know that it would be ok.

This Holiday season has been a lot for me. I’ve been working so much, with little time to breathe. I haven’t been taking the time for myself either. I know I just have to get thru December. But it keeps me humble. I have had so many reminders of the blessings in my life. And so much to remind me not to take things for granted. Life is short, I know that.

All in all, I’m so very happy with everything. So many Christmas Blessings. And my wish for all of you, is that you are blessed beyond measure. In running. In health. And in life.

 
 

Finding Joy

As I mentioned before, I’ve been pretty overwhelmed lately. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. And this year, I feel like the biggest grinch. 

I didn’t even want to drag out Christmas decorations this year. Finding time to decorate just seemed like too much. Because then I just need to find the time to put it all away in a month. I just wasn’t feeling it. 

But my daughter insisted. And I’m so glad she did. I didn’t put up all the lights in the house. And I didn’t decorate outside as I usually do. But just having my mantle decorated (even tho I don’t have everything out yet, can’t remember where the rest of it is!) and the tree up, has lifted my spirits. 

It’s those little things I’m trying to focus on this year. Not getting caught up in shopping. And I know I won’t have time to bake. But at least I know I can always find something that brings me joy. 

The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things. ~Henry Ward Beecher

 

(Still debating whether to drag out the Christmas photo!)