Wednesday, October 18, 2006

sore leg muscles and other thoughts....

wolfie and i have just returned from a longer walk than usual. it was because of the plaintive look she gave me this morning when i went outside to see her...and then the hyper-speed tail wagging once we got going. it is another wet, grey day. and i'm beginning to wonder if morning can be any other way. but, still, the walk was beautiful. we took a new trail that dead-ended and had to back track, then headed further into the woods and finally came out on the ridge. i love the ridge. at the trail head we met a handful of park workers--or should i say, Anu met a handful of park workers. i don't know what it is, but she is attracted to certain types of people. and she especially loves people that work in the park. but what she senses (i think) is their love of nature. she knows when she's with "her kind." and the thing is that anu is attracted to exactly the same kind of people that i am. the woods-walkers, the animal lovers, the bright-eyed people.

afterwards, we continued down the trail. when i walk this particular area i like to pretend that i am back home, in northern minnesota. maybe that's why it is my favorite trail in the first place. it feels like home. and as i walked i felt the muscles in my legs. it felt good. i could feel the lengthening and contracting as my legs lifted up and down in their forward motion. i am nowhere near "runner" status yet, but what i felt this morning was the inklings of strength. not just in my legs, but somewhere deeper, too. the best part...is that i feel myself returning.

and, my god, it feels wonderful.

7 comments:

Susannah said...

what an inspiring post - you inspire me to get out of my chair and go for a run, to connect with my body a bit more - thank you! x

gkgirl said...

this is a great post,
really makes me want to get up
and get moving...
hopefully, i can keep that feeling
until pilates tonight
:)

Anonymous said...

i'm so glad you're running, sweets. i can only run for 5 minutes at a time...you inspire me to keep trying, though.
...ooh, i can't wait to get home tonight so i can write you that juicy email...much love until then.
(HUG)

sophie said...

I admire you so - what a terrific
sense of exhileration...

writing and running -

splendid:)

ruby said...

a beautiful post! i've actually been working out a lot lately, and i am loving the feeling of being strong and healthy (something that is sorely needed in my life). i'm not quite up to running yet (except for short sprints), but still....now if only i could start exercising that writing muscle more often!

swampgrrl said...

i love to hear about your travels with wolfie and anu. and to hear that you feel good in your body. i wonder what northern minnesota is like???

thank you for your kind words on my blog.

b/sistersshoes said...

I sure hope you didn't think this was just an ordinary post about some guy walking his dog.

This was beautifully written and I felt like I was there, rather than being sick here on the couch for the 10 day in a row.

Thank you for the adventure and have a wonderful weekend :)

hugs Darlene