Alright, I’m not exactly a bumblebee. Yes, I have a funny, kind of round shaped body. But I can’t fly like a bumblebee can. However, as improbable as it may seem to others, I do run…in kind of a shuffling, bumbling manner. I’ll never win any races (well, perhaps if I ran a race at a senior citizens center…nah, not even then), but I sure do enjoy getting out there and just moving. I ran/walked my first 5K last fall then promptly stopped running.
I did this 5K in honor of my mother. She died from breast cancer 20 years ago. I know she would have been so proud of me for doing this. And honestly, I was pretty proud of myself for doing it. So why did I stop running after such an exhilarating event? At the time, I attributed it to the fact that my work schedule gets crazy from September through the end of the year. Now I wonder if there was something more involved…I love going out by myself in the early morning and just running at whatever pace I feel like running. Not competing with anyone except myself. Pushing myself to go a little further or a little faster. Using the time to contemplate various aspects of my life. Or simply using the time to enjoy being outside, doing something physical. While I loved the sense of accomplishment I felt when I crossed the finish line, I didn’t particularly enjoy the race itself. Possibly, had I not gone there by myself, I might have enjoyed it more.
Regardless of why I stopped, I’m now getting back into running. Slowly, painfully getting back into running. But I am doing it…to look at me, people might assume I can’t run just as that bumblebee shouldn’t be able to fly. But we’re both out there every day doing the improbable…watch me fly!
- Feast Your Eyes: Bumblebee Populations Stumble (good.is)
- Father and son put best foot forward in cancer fundraising run (menmedia.co.uk)