First group run back from an injury, and my fellow striders are readers of Older Faster Stronger — newly retired and new to running, seasoned for-lifers, coaches, Boston qualifiers, new mom pushing stroller, Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever (who herds us/leads us).
A beautiful menagerie who run with the Runners Soul in Lethbridge, Alberta.
What trail they lead me down, winding around a frozen lake, path snow dusted, massive prairie sky drenching us with winter sun.
Their marathon club invited me here to share wisdom, advice, inspiration from my Older Faster Stronger super-fit year, yet they explode my heart with their zeal, their running goals:
– to keep an activity streak going (do something every day, whether run, walk, swim, bike, ski, chase stars…)
– to run a marathon in every capital of Canada (this from a 65-year-old newbie runner; she says, I better get cracking with 14 to complete)
– to find fun and joy in every run (which sometimes includes donuts)
That searing pain in my back? What pain? What back? What winter? What cold?
Their running dreams buoy me so I become feet gliding on air.
Too soon, this run is over.