Glenn Alicious - An Adventure In An Ever More Tolerant World
I have to admit, I am not a person that has always been in the best shape and although there were times when I did consider myself quite healthy, there were other times when I struggled with my weight and physical abilities. During my younger years, perhaps in my mid to late 20s, I decided to pick up the habit of running. Although I was never one that could run long distances, it was something that helped to clear my mind and gave me the exercise necessary in order to maintain a certain level of health.
Living in a mountainous region, it was a struggle for me to be able to find a running route which allowed me to put in a little bit of distance without having too much of a struggle along the way. The route that I finally settled on was 2 miles long and I ended up 1 mile away from my home. This allowed me to run for 2 miles and then to walk for 1 mile, which I consider to be a fairly healthy ritual. It was a struggle for me to get to the 2 miles and once I was able to successfully run 2 miles, it seemed that I could never break through that distance. That is, of course, until I had a rather unusual occurrence.
One day I began my run and my children were riding their bikes alongside me, as they often did when I first started out. As I reached the top of the road, I stepped on a stone and slightly twisted my ankle. I don't know if this had anything to do with the occurrences of that day or not, but it seems odd to me that it would take place on the day that I was able to run further than I ever have before. It took me a little while before the pain in my ankle finally stopped, but once it did I felt as if I could run forever.
I easily passed my 2 mile mark and continued running, quite at random along the streets and highways in the area where I lived. It didn't matter how far I went or what type of terrain I was running on, it seemed as if I was unstoppable. Hills were no problem, and it wasn't until it was finally quite dark then I decided to give it up and head back to the house. Before I forgot the route, I drove my car around and found that I had run well over 7 miles without stopping.
I have never been able to re-create that type of running again, and at this point in my life, I am fortunate if I am able to run down to the end of the driveway, let alone for a mile or two, which is probably why I play Angry Birds online free instead of actually exercising. I often look back to the days when I did run with fondness, however, and that one special day whenever I was able to push myself beyond my limits.
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