I've been writing about running before, and I've tried for quite some time to reach runners high - or rather just a slight feeling of pleasure while running. So far I've only seen a very brief glimpse of satisfaction or joy during my runs.
Sure, afterwards I feel absolute revitalized and quite confident. But while running I'm still struggling quite a bit.
Actually I think I'm struggling so much that my dog gets quite concerned. Her reaction can actually be quite annoying, and even pretty risky, cause the more difficult I find the path the closer she's clinging on to me, and sometimes I almost stumble upon her legs.
She's a very fast and extremely active dog so it's almost provoking when she running this slow.
After some getting used to I have however chosen to feel grateful for her empathy and concern, and today my four legged coach actually supported me in almost catching up on a man - my own age - running in front of me for a while, and actually outpacing a girl half my age!!!
I am NOT a good runner. I know that! I am however more competitive than I might like to admit, and even though I did still struggle quite a bit today, I did enjoy actually outpacing another runner for the first time this year.
Seeing my dog sprinting to this girl while she was still in front of me, turning around looking at me like; "hey this is how it's done", then coming back to pick me up, and following me at my speed, almost glued to my left leg, until the time I reached her and passed by her, and then afterwards actually falling behind on purpose to try to encourage the girl a bit, while I was flying away on my small victory, that was my gratitude moment for today.
Grateful for my coach today!
And grateful for the girl her gave me a little self confidence boost - even though I later noticed that she ran much further than me.....