If only we could bottle up & keep a great feeling

Yesterday’s run was just one of those.great.runs. Close to perfection. I felt like I could run forever.


I often get shin splints in the winter so I am very careful anytime I change sneakers, wanting to avoid aggravating anything. So, with my new sneakers, I was planning on a run / walk combination.

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It was kind of cold, so I dressed for it. Short sleeve wicking shirt, pull over sweatshirt and zip up sweat, with scarf to keep my neck warm and gloves. Perfect for weather in the forties.

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Before I go out I always do dynamic warm up to wake up my joints and get the blood flowing. After that I walk about 500 m to a place where my watch picks up the GPS signal. While I am waiting for it to find the signal I do some more dynamic stretches.

Then I am off. 500 meters of walking, then 500 meters of running, for about 3 to 4 km. I want to make sure that my knees, shins and feet are fine in my new sneakers. They feel really good.

I do a lot of my runs around a lake in the Vincennes forest. (picture from the summer, I didn’t have my phone with me yesterday).


While walking I took my time to enjoy what was going on around me : swans mating, kids learning to ride bikes, funny looking dogs, runners of all shapes and sizes, friends chatting, running groups.

Then the sun came out and it warmed up to a nice 50 degrees. The sky was blue, I felt great : content, healthy, happy, alert, tuned it to what was going on around me, appreciative, pain free, confident, athletic… just plain good about myself and what I was doing in the moment.

So I kept running and ended up doing almost 12,5 km. I didn’t want to overdo with new sneakers, just in case, so eventually stopped. But I didn’t want to.

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And I wish I could have bottled up the feelings and emotion because that run was perfect.


Ever have a perfect run ?

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Comments: 6

  1. Britt@MyOwnBalance January 18, 2015 at 9:54 pm Reply

    I love the feeling when you have a really great workout. Everything just comes together in harmony!

    • Karen - French Inspiration January 21, 2015 at 7:28 am Reply

      Love that feeling too.

  2. Stephanie @ Whole Health Dork January 20, 2015 at 4:28 pm Reply

    I know that feeling! Such a great one to have! Your running route looks beautiful! We had some slightly warmer weather here over the weekend and it was such a nice reprieve from the cold!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration January 21, 2015 at 7:26 am Reply

      Hope you took advantage of the weather. Those New England winters can be brutal.

  3. Charlotte January 21, 2015 at 4:16 am Reply

    Sounds like the perfect setting for a run. I find just being out in glorious weather makes me feel happy in general.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration January 21, 2015 at 7:26 am Reply

      It was perfect ! We are lucky that the winter has not been too bad. Yet.

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