This morning I realized I had a little bit of time before my Granny’s appointment, I decided to squeeze in a quick run. I headed down the road and hit the local well worn track. On lap 7 I noticed a young girl standing off to the side with what appeared to be her grandmother. I figured she was waiting until I passed to start running. On my 8th lap I noticed she was still standing there so I slowed down and asked “Do you want to run with me?” With a grin she nodded yes. I had a brief moment where I imagined us running side by side, me coaching her along, acting as a mentor.
That moment ended quickly as she TOOK OFF at a sprint. As I gasped to keep up with her I got to thinking SHE could teach ME something….something about running with abandon. Not running with the intent on saving energy for later, or running a certain distance or pace, but instead just running to run.
For that brief time I left all my plans behind and just ran. I didn’t worry about form, didn’t worry about running out of steam, just reveled in the feeling of my body running.
And I felt free.