There’s no place like home, as the old saying goes. This past weekend I was back in my hometown of Buffalo, New York for a high school band reunion. My boyfriend was kind enough to come along for the ride.
I was able to show him around town and give him a taste of the place where I spent almost 18 years of my life. I got all warm and fuzzy when I showed him my old high school, and the park next door where we used to run around at track practice.
On Sunday we went for a run down to the waterfront. I have so many memories of going there as a kid, mostly on school field trips. My mom gave us directions to get there and within 15 minutes, there it was!
As we ran for about a mile or so, I decided we should just walk. My GPS was acting up and I was getting frustrated. But the walk was so calming as we were able to just unwind a bit. It was so quiet out there! Buffalo is nothing like Philly on an Sunday morning. It was so refreshing.
I’ve been practicing improving my form. My boyfriend says I swing my arms too much when I run, which may be causing some of my issues. So now I’ve been consciously keeping my arms closer to my sides. Uncomfortable, but necessary.
Most of the time, I’m WAY too hard on myself when it comes to running. The reason I named this blog “Run With No Regrets” is because it is a philosophy that I strive to follow. I’ve had a lot of challenges along the way with running, and as I struggle, I have to remember how far I’ve come.
Things aren’t perfect right now…not even close. My knees still pop all the time, my new shoes may be too much of a change for my feet (constant arch pain), and it feels like it takes more and more effort each time I go to run. But I can’t have any regrets, and I won’t give up. I love to run, and I want that love to manifest…so as advised by my bf, I will take more time to run gadget-free: no watches, no Runkeeper. Use the time to reflect, to escape, not to hit a quota for the week.
Attitude is everything, and hard work always pays off. It is worth it. No regrets!