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Aug. 25th, 2010 11:42 am Finding joy in running

I was talking with my therapist yesterday about how discouraged I was by my last place race finish, and he encouraged me to remember the reasons that I love running. "But I don't love running," I protested. "I tolerate it."

Truth is, I do find some joy in running. It's just not (usually) in the effort itself, but in the things I experience along the way. So, here are some happy things from today's (warm, slow) run:

- Glimpsing seal heads bobbing at Aquatic Park.

- Viewing the Golden Gate Bridge in full sunshine.

- Seeing my destination, the Palace of Fine Arts, in the distance, upon cresting the hill at Fort Mason.

- Finding out (via a sign) that there's a farmers' market at Fort Mason on Sunday mornings.

- Spontaneously running through a sprinkler to cool off.

- Watching lots of fit, shirtless men also out for a run.

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From:laughingstone
Date:August 26th, 2010 07:45 am (UTC)
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Recently I realized that running is so good for me. Makes me feel strong internally, directed, helps me stay fit. But I forget all the benefits. So I thought that maybe I'll get a tattoo of a runner at some point.
From:inflectionpoint
Date:August 29th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
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what an excellent list!

when I'm feeling low and depressed, it's hard to remember that I can take pleasure and pride in small things. yes, they're still small, but they're still real.

I'm proud of you for working on this list. Might be something to do every day - to think of one or two Joyful Things, no matter how small or weird, and put em in a list. I find it challenging but really useful when I do it.