Thursday, December 14, 2006

The Return of an Old Friend



She's been gone nearly a year (nine months plus a few of "recovery"). She is My Run. This morning was my first time back on the streets. It was quick, I walked half way, and my head cold didn't make it any easier and there was a lot more jiggling than I remember, but it was so liberating. The battle between bones and pavement, the warmth seeping slowly through all your muscles. The ache in your throat from air streaming in, filling the bottoms of your lungs clearing out old air, tunes from my ipod shuffle (early Christmas gift from Craig) sharing a beat with my heart all in my ears---there is nothing like it. As I felt the sun come up over Squaw Peak and watched the swallows swoop in and out of the Saguaros, I remembered why I love My Run.

9 comments:

rebecca s. said...

What a joy! What a post! Welcome back, Jordan's run - we've ALL missed you!
(I cannot believe you are alreay out there!!!)

Anonymous said...

Your description of your winter run is great. My run here in Hawaii is different. A lot of sweat and heat. My kids love those fruit leathers also. I have many a picture of them at the park holding a fruit leather.

Jordan said...

REbecca, I am BARELY "out there", but it's a start, right?

Shawna B. said...

Perfect description of our "old friend." Jordan, how interesting that you used the word "friend" to describe your running - that's the exact word I use, too! It's a joy, isn't it, to be back out there, and my dear friend, you ARE out there! Proud of you for pounding the pavement again. Wish I could join you!

Tasha said...

Jordan, good for you! I've been back in the gym this week and it feels so good, especially emotionally.

Once again, you are me hero.
Tasha

Jill said...

Congrats on your first time back out. Your description is so beautiful it ALMOST makes me want to go running too (but I would have substantially more jiggling going on and that's hard to take).

Sara said...

Jordan, I can relate! There is a lot more jiggling around during my runs these days too. I just put in a few miles today and seemed more "jiggly" than I did a few days ago. I guess that is to be expected. I don't know how much longer it will last since I am about 4.5 months along now, but I'll keep it up as long as I can and then look forward to getting back to it after the baby comes. So glad you were able to get back out there. Kudos to Craig for getting you such a great gift! Here's to many more great runs for you in the near future.

Anonymous said...

What an eloquent description of running. It is an old friend, isn't it? I wish it were warm enough to run outside in Utah. This snow and blasting wind is keeping me on the hated treadmill. I can't wait for spring.
I'm getting an shuffle for Christmas too! I can't wait to clip and run instead of dealing with my crumbling armband. But then I saw a commercial for the nanos with nike+ that tell you on your ipod your mileage and distance. Hmm, that may be worth the money :).
Welcome back!

michelle said...

I am so impressed. I have never been able to get into running. Bad knees, even when I was much thinner. But I wish I could do it, those who do have so much good to say about it. congratulations on getting back into your groove!