This morning I ran my first long run since the marathon. Actually I ran six miles. Long for this week, moderate for what I have become accustomed to. And that is okay. I am being careful as my body recovers. My muscles are not sore, but the stress running 26.2 miles puts on my body is something I do not want to take lightly. I will build up my long run each week but I am not planning on adding any speed work until January. Since I sprained my ankle in April I have been healthy. That is a pattern I want to continue for a long time. As for the quality of my run today, it was great. I stayed in my zone two, ran a very good pace, and took in that wonderful, freeing feeling of running outside.

Along with the feeling of running free and without abandon comes the question of how often that is the case in life. All too often choices are made to please others, despite of what I prefer. Compromise is a necessary part of all relationships, but how far? Sometimes lines have to be drawn, boundaries set, and choices have to be made – for the better. As I pondered this today I heard a song, It’s Your Life by Francesca Battistelli. For a young artists, she knows how to write meaningful lyrics.

It’s your life what you gonna do? The world is watching you, every day the choices you make say what you are and who your heart beats for. It’s an open door. It’s your life… to live the way that you believe. This is your opportunity to let your life be one that lights the way.

Seizing the day – making the most of what life offers – the choices can be made for selfish gain or in a way to benefit oneself while lighting the way for others to follow. I was visiting my father late this afternoon and when I left it was dark outside. The lights in the garage are all burned out and I had to feel the steps by memory in the dark so I wouldn’t trip or fall. That experience alone is proof enough for me that light is better than darkness. Whether it is sharing my training experiences (successes, failures, joys and frustrations) or life in general, I want to strive to be light.

Published by elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

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