They say with age comes wisdom. I think with age comes wisdom to know my need for incontinence products….and perhaps a few other thoughts. So to celebrate my birthday this week, I’m going to list the greatest running lessons that have spilled over into my life this year.
Take It Or Leave It World. This is who I am – ruffles, wrinkles, and rough edges. I will always strive to be someone better, but I’m just a person. I choose those who join in the journey with me. I will never be the fastest runner, and someday I might be the slowest, but I’m willing to run with anyone who’s going my way.
Slow Down to Speed Up. Sometimes you’ve got to take it back a notch to speed up- physically, emotionally, spiritually…it’s all the same. Rest for the soul, rest for my legs, and rest for my heart will help me to better propel forward as the best me possible. Ironically the more I’m slowing it up, the better my body is responding in terms of speed.
Breathe In, Breathe Out. A few deep breaths go a long, long way….
Chickens Like Wine. Fact, cause my kid told me so.
Dig Deep There’s Probably Something In There. In the last year there have been some huge highs and low lows…and a lot of times when I thought I couldn’t go on. And then somewhere deep inside me…way deep inside me…I would get through. It wasn’t always pretty, but the finish line always waited.
STREEEEETTCH. So there’s this thing…you know…dynamic stretching. Warm up the muscles, and slowly, methodically, carefully move your body and you find some pretty awesome results. Beyond the PiYo I’ve come to like more this year, I’ve learned that slowly moving into something and giving some sloth-like, intentional, dynamic movement can actually make me a lot more flexible in life.
The things that once felt hard, painful and overwhelming can be achieved with slow, methodical practice and stretching tiny bit by tiny bit. Too much too fast leads to pain, but taking the time to practice and using baby steps to get there lead to way better results.
And no, sadly it’s not an age group year, I’m just that much older competing against newer, younger (wine drinking) chickens.
What are you learning these days?