new kid on the blog

Hi.  I just wanted to introduce myself as a new participant on Share The Run.  I’m so happy to be here, but there is an irony to my participation.

My name is Wendy and i am not a runner. Therein lies the irony.  In fact, I’ve been blogging about being not a runner for a bit more than a year now on the blog I maintain for work.

These days I am barefoot when  I am being not a runner, having embarked on this truly great way of moving ’round about March of this year.  Since then I have only run barefoot and have been simply loving it and all the benefits it provides me.

My life is not full of adventure.  It is gloriously and intentionally mundane.  I will share that with you from time to time.  For now, by way of further introduction, I will repost the July 11th blog entry from that other blog address.  It is the tale of a run that was not.

July 11, 2010

I headed out for a short run this afternoon.  A day full of household chores, on-line procrastination and paperwork demanded a physical relief in the beautiful outdoors.

Barefoot, of course.

I loved the light rain – refreshing and invigorating – and running in road ruts where puddles had collected, a satisfying splash with each step.  I didn’t like how heavy my body felt at this time of day and so it was a physical tussle for me.  Gravitational forces stronger than other bits of wonderous nature. I didn’t like how much vehicle traffic there was, forcing me off side or to run with instead of into traffic.

I made it to my turnaround point and about half way back.  Then I stopped running.  I walked and really started to enjoy myself.

The rain continued to fall, light and windless.  I picked Black-Eyed Susans, which I would have called rudbeckia in the days when I was immersed in peat and vermiculite and seeds and compost, and white Marsh Mallows blushing light lavender hues.  Large swaths of St. John’s Wort and clouds of Fleabane filled ditches; strong graceful stands of Queen Anne’s Lace.  Strangles of Crown Fetch winding through Clover, ground-hugging Eyebright, Butter and Eggs  amidst the grass.

The run was a bust but the walk was just what I needed.

You can’t always have what you want, but if you try sometime you find you get what you need.


About thewholeway

I am a Health & Fitness Specialist and I am just leaping in to the next part of my life -- a Fitness Studio! I hope my adventure intersects with your adventure.
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2 Responses to new kid on the blog

  1. Christine says:

    Welcome aboard Wendy! We’re so lucky to have you join us. Co-blogger and fellow runner Jen just tried her first barefoot run. How did you get into the whole barefoot running thing?

    • thewholeway says:

      I read Jen’s post. I hope her calves are okay today. She will love barefooting it.

      I live mostly in bare feet and do much of my training barefoot (yoga, kettlebell, jumping rope, weight training, etc). I have a pair of VFF’s and had run in them last year but found they were still too much barrier between me and the world.

      I just like things basic, pared down to closest connection. I gave up ipod running quite some time ago too and am grateful for all I’ve gained as a result.

      Thanks for the welcome. I am looking forward to spending more time here.

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