Learning to enjoy the journey

I’ve been able to start running more, which feels great. I’ve had several runs in the past week that have been 2 milers. Two miles can seem really insignificant when I compare it to the mileage I was running a year ago but I’m learning that I need to stop worrying about where I was in the past or where I want to be in the future. People often ask what I’m training for and seem surprised when I don’t have a race planned. For now, I’m just trying to enjoy the journey. I know I have longer runs ahead and my fitness will improve. I am also aware that I have illnesses and injuries ahead as well and my fitness levels will decrease during those times. I hope I can accept my limitations and continue my streak but I’m also getting to the point where I realize that even that will end someday and that will be ok. I really enjoy the challenge of my streak because it keeps me motivated to exercise even when I would rather not but I don’t feel the urgency to keep it alive like I have in the past and I think that is good for me. I fully intend to keep it going as long as I am able and as long as I continue to enjoy the journey though. I ran 2 miles on Saturday, Sunday, and today.  I’ve run a mile every other day. I was able to do my pull-ups, dips, and a flip on Sunday, which was the first time since my knee injury. That flip really made me dizzy! It felt good to get back to something that is important to me. It also feels ok that I’ve been away for awhile too. My fitness will ebb and flow but that is part of the journey. This streak has really taught me a lot about myself and I’m happy to continue to learn.

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