Running is a gift (and Hokas, too)

The ability to run and enjoy running is something that I never want to take for granted. More and more, I try to be more observant during my runs – use my senses; look around, smell the air, occasionally take my headphones out and just listen to the birds (or roaring cars), feel the sun beating on my shoulders… It’s nice. Enjoying the feeling of NON-hurt legs, arms, and body… the feeling of running and feeling GOOD! It’s an amazing feeling! The BEST, in fact!

I’m always reminded of this when I have any kind of nagging injury. Once healed – I really realize how lucky I am to be able to run. For example, my hamstring and knee that were bothering me for the past few days (felt like eternity) – nothing serious, but I had to take a few days off to rest (even now I’m just taking it easy, but I’m confident I’ll be 100% here in a few days!). During that time, it was frustrating – I couldn’t even bear to imagine a day when I could no longer run at all! I won’t think about that now, but my point is just that it’s important to appreciate what you DO have when you have it – health, mobility, the ability to do what you love…

I’m just feeling really thankful today for that gift – of feeling great!

Oh, and on a less “deep” note, I’m completely converted and in LOVE with Hoka One One’s. The Bondi 4’s are a DREAM to run in. The Cliftons should be here today – I’m thinking they may be better for speed work and Bondi’s for longer runs (Clifton’s are listed as lighter and 1 “level” less cusiony). Once I thoroughly try them both I’ll let you guys know what I think!

Happy Friday!

Thanks for reading!


16 thoughts on “Running is a gift (and Hokas, too)

  1. I’ve been in that mindset more and more as of late! Especially as the weather starts warming up and I know I can avoid the treadmill the next six months or so. “Enjoy the miles” is the simplest yet most fitting phrase!

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  2. I couldn’t have said it better myself. Last year when I had a stress fracture and couldn’t run, I didn’t know what to do with myself. I found myself running vicariously through others and offering my support to them. Definitely appreciate it when I’m able to run and enjoy what’s out there. I find myself taking more and more pictures when I do.

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  3. Sounds good… You reminded me of something… If you listen to music when you run …. And I know the debate…. Try listening to Novustory .. EP…. On Spotify … Or the new Katea EP…. Good running music!

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  4. I keep reading about these Hokas..I may have to give them a try. Usually with hamstrings and knee pains your quads and calves are OVER active. Have you tried foam rolling them?? Just thinking out loud for you.

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