Running out of a Rut


Running in Sand @ Playa del Carmen

After running on sand for the last month, I take my first tarmac run today and float on a return-from-vacation-high. Gone is the white-sand-seaweed-covered-Caribbean-Sea-beach with fishing boats lolling @ Playa del Carmen…

lift knees, keep head up – focus on form not distance.  Feeling reinvigorated plodding in the sand with controlled footfalls and arms swinging gently at my side – as if I am a different person running. Remember to take in the surroundings. I look around to see the glistening water and squint at the sun in my eyes – look at the lifeguard tower and check for dogs.

I blink and now as I run along the seawall with mountains in the distance and freighters on the inlet, I am out of my running rut – running like a robot in an endless cycle of repetition along the same route, which equals no pleasure and no goal. Carrying a fresh perspective and wearing my blue ‘Boston Strong’ socks, with gloves and neck warmer, I think of Boston – on a similar crisp clear day starting the marathon in Hopkinton with excitement and energy.

My running goal for the new year is coming clearer with each step:

Marathon du Medoc is the plan for September (if I get in), and training – of the wine drinking variety – starts now! It’s a marathon through the Medoc wine region of France with wine tasting along the way while wearing a silly costume.

No PB in mind just fun, run and a Rothschild red!


About Organized Bohemian

Dana M. Petric is a writer/landscape gardener/blogger/performer/office temp/web designer. Her wrestle between creative and money-making ventures permeates her writing. Self-publishing her first book, Growing Iris, Dana continues on her path toward writing full-time. Beginning her post-secondary education at UBC (Liberal Arts dropout), she prevailed at George Brown Theatre School (Theatre Arts Diploma) and matured at BCIT (Technical Writing Diploma). She lives in Vancouver, BC with her partner Eric and daughter Cleo.
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