#SummerRunning

I’m really FEELING running right now. This isn’t always the case. Sometimes I trudge through a run because I know I’ll feel better later (running is a central part of my mental health maintenance routine). But, for the past few weeks, I’ve woken up excited about each new running adventure.

I blame this guy:

I mean, come on! Adventure! Fun! And he always seems so genuinely thrilled to be running. So, I got kinda thrilled, too.

I’ve been exploring Kirkwood, Edgewood, Cabbagetown, Reynoldstown, and a little bit of Decatur. It’s Georgia hot out there, which means that by the time I start running at 9 a.m., it’s already 80 some-odd degrees. That frees me up to not worry about my time and just enjoy the run. And I have! Like, for real.

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My 4 big takeaways over the last few weeks:

  1. Things are rarely what they seem. The hill that looms so large… once I start climbing it, doesn’t seem so bad. The air that feels cooler because of the cloud cover is going to produce inescapable sticky-hot humidity that will ultimately slow me down. I’ve stopped trying to anticipate the future–even the next few minutes–and just go with what is.
  2. There’s an adventure waiting–but you have to look for it. I found a forest in Kirkwood! And a completely shaded, lovely trail… that’d I’d been by a million times but simply never turned the corner to explore it.
  3. It’s easier to enjoy the moment with no agenda. There’s a time & a place for plans (and training). But just being… taking things as they are, walking when I need to, stopping to take pictures makes running so much more exciting and enjoyable. No expectations. It’s really lovely.
  4. Make time for what matters. I rarely feel so enamored with running. So I don’t often devote this much time to it. But, lately, it helps me feel grounded, connected to myself. Making the time to do this for myself makes me a better mother, partner, writer.

Running… it’s how I’ve spent my summer so far. What’s your summer been about?

4 comments

  1. cat h bradley · June 21

    I love your #3. Just ran a 5k with my hubs last night and we set out all about running with no expectations. It was a blast! We talked the whole time, but also pushed each other. It was an amazing run and also just the perfect sweaty end to our day. Love it! (also agree, the heat takes some of the pressure off, you’ve just got to do what you can do!). Enjoyed this, thanks!

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    • Kendra Lee · June 21

      I know some people loathe summer running (in fact, there’s a hashtag devoted to #summerrunningsucks on instagram). But I’m from Florida. I understand hot. Now, cold… that’s another matter entirely.

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      • cat h bradley · June 21

        My rule is everyone only gets to complain about one season. I HATE the cold, so in the summer, I roll with the heat and enjoy it–sweating and all!

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