Have you ever read a post and felt so inspired that you had to get out of your chair and do something?
I had that feeling over the weekend. After I read this post, Trying at a tri, from my blogging friend Annie from Unsporty Women Can Run, I went and got changed and went out for a run.
Despite the fact that it was still over 30 degrees at 6pm, I ran (and walked a bit) through the forest all the while thinking of what Annie had written. Her story and her attitude are amazing and I always get a boost when she writes about her running. As a runner, I am not in her league at all, but I can relate to so much of what she says. She’s one strong woman!
This quote from her post sums it up for me, even though there’s no way I will ever run a triathlon or a half marathon. I feel the same way about running and am so grateful that my slowly ageing body can do this.
I’m so glad I kept a happy attitude out there on the run. What’s not to be happy about? I am healthy and fit. I can run a half marathon in the heat just like that, perhaps not fast, but I get it done. Running is a gift, a precious gift.
I choose to run because I love it and I will shamelessly take every opportunity given to me. Because it makes me feel alive. Because as I went through each lap and received those colourful bands I chose to feel like a winner. I have beaten that Unsporty Woman who thought running was too hard. I win each time I put on my shoes and go for a run.
Always, each and every day, I am grateful for a body that can run.
So out I went and I ran, not fast and definitely not pretty, but smiling to myself all the way. Although I might run alone, I’m not really alone. There are others out there, like me, and I take what support and encouragement I can from them. Other strong women. People like Annie with such a fun spirit inspire me to continue trying and persevering. So thank you Annie at Unsporty Women Can Run for reminding me of what I sometimes take for granted.
Of course I also paused to take some photos of my forest run.
After I got home, all red faced and sweaty, my husband asked me if I’d like to go for a quick bike ride before dinner. It was so hot still but the movement while riding was just delightful. All I needed now was a swim leg and I would have done a mini triathlon as per Annie’s post!
As it’s International Women’s Day today I also want to thank all the strong women I’ve had as role models throughout my life.
I love this quote and added it to one of my favourite photos with my three strong daughters. It seems very appropriate today.
I’m a strong woman too!
PS: Another blogger who supports women runners over 50 is Run Young 50