Sweet Solace

sol·ace

/’säləs/

noun 

1. comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness

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Yesterday was my perfect idea of sweet solace. I’ve been feeling the winter blues lately and when I woke up this morning, somehow, even more so.

I was coming back from a friend’s house, after she let me steal some of her yummy homemade blueberry pancakes and play with her rather dapper pup, Finnley (as exhibited below), and I was taking notice of the beautiful day it was.

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My car said the outside temperature was 27 degrees Fahrenheit, but somehow I felt it was a bit warmer. Wishful thinking, maybe?

I wanted to get outside and stretch my legs, if only for a little bit. So I came home, threw on my running gear and headed out to the local nature preserve.

I had reasoned with myself on the drive over that I wouldn’t put too much pressure on myself to run if my leg was hurting me too much. I knew that only a month earlier, I couldn’t run a minute without the pressure in my lower leg beginning to cause numbness in my foot.

With low expectations and butterflies in my stomach, I started a slow jog. It was slower than I usually go, but I didn’t want to push it and it was such a beautiful day with the sunshine and the crisp air, that I wanted to spend as much time enjoying it as possible.

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About a half mile into the run, I was planning on my leg to begin to hurt. It didn’t.

After a mile, I thought I should walk because I haven’t run in a month, so I didn’t want to get over-exhausted too quickly. I walked for a mile and then started back up again.

I repeated the same process during mile three and four. By the time I started mile five, I decided I didn’t want to stop, but I did want to press my luck a bit.

Afterwards, I was glad I did! I had run three miles by the end of it and was feeling great and had zero pain in my leg. But actually. Zero (0) pain!!

By the time I was ready for my cool-down walk, I was so happy that I wanted to cry! I have been waiting for a painless run for just about a year now, and it’s finally come!!

Even writing this now, I’m getting all the feels.

I had fallen back into my stride, back into my solace, where I could work out my stress and issues by pounding them out on the trails.

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After walking almost another mile for my cool-down, I was exhausted. But the good kind of exhausted where you know that you accomplished something so great that makes it all worth it.

I can’t wait to get back out and run again, but I’m taking it easy today with a bit of stretching and cross-training. Getting back into my running routine will still be a long process, but I’m so excited to know that I can finally begin it with no pain.

I feel that as long as I know I can go out and run without pain, I’ll always have a bit of solace.

Until next time,

C. Brooks

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