Today is a gorgeous day, but last Friday I remember it felt like the sky was falling when I put my private umbrella on (yes I alternate between my Vancouver Sun Run and my Vancouver Marathon Hats!) as I headed out the door for a jaunt in the trails. I’ll admit it was not the most pleasant day out there – but I reminded myself of what I absolutely know to be true: it feels good to be a little crazy out there in the yucky weather. Coupled with oxygen in the air and a guaranteed endorphin release if I were to push the pace a little, I was hopeful I’d find inspiration on my run, and I wasn’t disappointed. After a nice 40 minute change-of-pace workout (yep I follow my own programs just to make sure they’ll work for you!) I cooled down back to my car just as a big ol’ Lincoln pulled up beside me. I called my wet soppy dog away from the nice man and woman as they proceeded to head out arm-in-arm towards the community center pool: What a dapper fit couple they were – he with his cool cap and cane, and she in slim jeans, high heels and trendy hair style. They could have been 70 or 80 years old – I don’t know – but I followed them and asked what their secret was to obvious good health. “50 years of marriage and we swim everyday” he says with a twinkle in his eye. And she says “I dress this way because my husband likes how I look.”
Isn’t it nice to know people do things for each other and with each other for no reason than because it makes the other feel good? So they swim together every day and I noticed they walk together every day too – arm in arm.
So just as the days are growing longer, you are able to run and walk longer now, and know that you look good because you feel good, for yourself and for those who care about you. Celebrate your fitness every day – Stay confident in your talking pace, find a lightness in your step, and go for a nice walk arm-in-arm with somebody soon and not because it has anything to do with fitness.