Thursday, March 28, 2019

SOL19 Slice#28 Early morning jog

I am participating in the
 Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOL19)
All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, every day for the month of March 2019.

A big thank you to Two Writing Teachers for providing this unique opportunity
for teacher-writers to share and reflect.

" 'I wish I hadn't done that workout.' - said no one ever!"
[Quote on the wall of my local Y.]

Gotta do this.
Come on!
Starting new habit.
Everything aches.
It is cold outside.
I can't find my warm jacket,
the one I wear for exercise.

My heel hurts.
These shoes feel tight.
My shoulders ache.
What if I make myself sick?
Can you get sick from running in cold air?
Maybe this actually hurts me?
Maybe I'm too old for this.

Out the door.

Ugh. Hmph. Bleck. 
I have no breath.
I feel stiff.
Geez, my run is a glorified walk.
Glad I wore my gloves and headband.
It is dang cold out here.

Why did I think I could do this?
I used to always do this.
That was then.
This is now.

Oh, look at the stars!
The moon!
It's a good thing I am so slow,
I can actually look at these
while I jog.

I'll go slow,
try to clear my mind.
Can I think about nothing while I jog?
Ha! That is an elusive goal,
but fun to try, right?

Emptying one's mind.
How to do that?
Studying my feet.
Run correctly,
paying attention.
Losing myself in the motion.

Back inside.
30 minutes.
That's the best yet!
It didn't feel like 30 minutes.
I could have gone longer!
Could'a, should'a!

That was fun!
When can I call this a habit?


  1. I love it! Running is more mental than physical, in my opinion. Love that you got to take in the world around you and still get a work out. Awesome!

  2. Haha. I have taken more or less the last two weeks off from running after a half marathon. Time to get back into it, slowly but surely.

  3. Good for you! It's funny how sometimes it's so hard to get started. You don't feel great, you can't get going. But you never regret doing it - that's the beauty of exercise. The quote on your local Y wall is right. Here's to next time!

  4. I like how your voice changes from the beginning to the end of the poem. I like running, but it can be hard to stay motivated when it is cold outside! It's easier when the weather is better for me.