On This Run

One of my favorite runs is not very scenic. It starts from the Running Room at Kenaston Mall and we have to wait for the lights to change green to cross four lanes of traffic. It is a 6 mile loop that also ends with us waiting for the same lights to finish up. Most of the course is on a sidewalk along side a high traffic street. There are not many redeeming features for this run. Yet we show up every Wednesday evening at 6pm for our group run. The group is called “Your Pace or Mine” and does not have a membership list or fees. We meet after the run for refreshments at the local Boston Pizza. This group is a great example of the statement that running is cheaper than therapy. I incorporate this run as an essential part of  my training plans because,
On this run,
I learned about races completed that were victories just by starting them.
On this run,
I learned that exercising the brain/body and diet is a good way to ward off Alzheimer’s disease.
On this run,
I learned how awesome members of the Canadian Forces are.
On this run,
I learned that rain during a run adds to the tears when learning of a loved one’s passing.
On this run,
I learned about the courage of a survivor of breast cancer.
On this run,
I learned about battling depression.
On this run,
I learned about the world from stories shared during the run.
On this run,
I learned of the relatives battling and dying of diseases.
On this run,
I ran with a runner, running across Canada for others.
On this run,
I ran with a woman who had lost over 200 lbs. She just decided to do it.
On this run,
I ran a race, hearing my name being called from behind as I ran past a turn in the course. I remember that turn fondly each time on this run.
On this run,
I am part of a community.
On this run,
I learned how blessed I am to be able to run with such a great group that I’m proud to call my friends.
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