the luckiness of a run

I galloped up the hill like the cedar waxwings bounce between aspen branches. Effortless, fun and fast, relishing the pure joy of just being able to do so.

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I had received a text from a friend a few hours prior. Want to go for a run??? it read. And then she walked with my kids to the park so I could.

Andy has been out of town and I was really looking forward to this time with my girls. Our ship set out on a hopeful mission of exploration and instead landed in a dizzying storm. For two days we took on water, leaned hopelessly starboard, unable to discern stars. I tried so hard to turn us around. Again and again I failed at navigating our angry sea. I surrendered to the squall. I fell asleep.

And when I woke the next morning, the waves had settled into a rhythmic rocking. Still present, but manageable. The sky still hung low and gray, a reminder. But not ominous. Just present.

Just as I was about to pull just one more shot of espresso to help dry my soggy frame, that text came in. I couldn’t think of anything I wanted more than a run. Alone. Well, with Alice.

I felt my body unravel into the mountain, the earth graciously accepting and dissolving my frustration. I smiled at the luckiness of this simple act. To run.

I went further than I’d planned and ended right at the corner of love and strength. I felt electric and ready to steer our ship home. We had a fabulous voyage to port.

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I wrote this week’s mama digs in the middle of the storm — at 11pm and two days past my deadline. When I reread it today it feels so melodramatic. But, indeed it was my reality when I typed those words. Click to read mama digs: raging unpredictability.

19 Responses to the luckiness of a run

  1. finny says:

    That is the coolest favor I think I’ve heard of in a while. I would have expected that person to want to go running with me (which would stress me out), but instead…a gift. I know the true peace that comes from a run like that and I’m so glad you got it right when you needed it most. Awesome.

  2. Sara says:

    Such beautiful words.

  3. Teresa says:

    I love that idea. I think I’ll offer to watch a friends kiddos while they hit the trails. Good for everyone. I’ll run later. ;)

  4. sian says:

    oh mama I had days like those, many in fact. What a lovely friend you have, so thoughtful. And there is nothing like a good run or walk in nature to restore the emotional balance huh? xxx

  5. robin says:

    oh, how i loved this post…nailed it. My babes are a bit older, but the voyage is the same.

  6. Ellie says:

    Nici, that last photograph is a work of art! I’d print it and frame it if I could…
    So glad you were able to go for a run. You deserve it, having selflessly procured this week away for Andy.

  7. Trbholt says:

    I remember when I was a runner, you just described the joy perfectly!

    Love….”For two days we took on water, leaned hopelessly starboard, unable to discern stars”….

    xoxo, Mom

  8. MontanaMom says:

    Gorgeous.

  9. Nicolette says:

    I love how symbolic running as far away as you may, then running back is. (although i know that observation is literal and not what’s intended). it speaks to me and inspires the runner within. seems like so much therapy accomplished in a run like so.

    what a day you had! (from the mamalode melodrama). glad you had peach pies to soothe your shipwrecked spirit.

  10. mum of all trades says:

    Dear love good friends like that. They are truly hard to come by. I have lots of good friends, but I know when it comes to it, only 2 who would do something like that for me.

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