Feeling Discouraged

Oh friends, it's been a rough time for me the last few days. One of my dearest friends lost her husband and that has me reliving when I lost my husband a little bit. It's been over 13 years, but there are times when the wounds still feel new. I've come to believe that's always going to be true. I'm not even certain it's a bad thing. It's just how things work when the person you love and cherish dies.  

Normally when I feel this way, I run. That's a nothing thing that has me feeling down. I have something wrong with my foot, and it's keeping me almost entirely side-lined. I have a doctor appointment for it next Wednesday, but that's the soonest I could get in so for now I'm not running at all. I'm walking when the pain lets me, and I'm super thankful it let me today. I needed this...  


It's been cloudy and gloomy for a bit, but the sun finally returned this afternoon. It helped my spirit a lot to get outside and be able to take a few deep breaths. I wanted so much to run, but I'm thankful I could at least walk. And I'm thankful I have this place to come talk about it. Thanks for "listening!" 


I love today. :) It's my birthday. I know some people aren't that keen on their birthdays, but I am not one of those people. I celebrate all month long. Today has been pretty perfect. The weather is chilly and rainy, which most people probably wouldn't enjoy, but rain is my absolute favorite thing to run in. I took the train north then walked to the zoo and started running from there. I took a picture from the zoo before I started my run. 


I did intervals along the lakefront, and I pushed myself when I was running but still stopped to take a couple pictures and to watch the waves. The wind is really strong today so there were 5-10 foot waves, which for Lake Michigan is pretty huge. It was beautiful! I didn't get any great pictures of the waves, but I did take a couple.


At the end of my intervals I walked awhile and texted with my daughter and husband. My daughter and granddaughter sent me the cutest video to wish me a happy birthday. I really couldn't have asked for anything more. I hope everyone is enjoying today as much as I am!