Gump

I pulled a Forrest Gump today. I just kept running and running.

First I set out in the opposite direction that I usually go. I headed toward the ball park, made a loop around it and started heading back. At the Ferry Building there were throngs setting up for the Farmer’s Market. I ran past, glanced up at the clock-tower and pressed on.

I thought: “Maybe I’ll turn around at Pier 39 where the flags wave and the old Chinese women are doing calisthenics by the water.”

But as I approached this destination two things happened.

First, my iShuffle started playing Royksopp’s “Alpha Male”. The entire track is an 8 minute crescendo and acceleration. My feet perked up.

Secondly, there on the horizon a large cone-shaped object began to emerge. An object that was not a part of the usual landscape. Something new. And big.

And shiny.

A Christmas tree. Three stories tall maybe. Smack dab in the middle of Pier 39.

So what did I do? I just kept running. I ran to the tree and then past it. It sparkled and towered and smiled.

So I ran past the crab pots and the sourdough rolls and the steaming clam chowders and I went all the way to Aquatic Park. And then I turned around.

When I got back to the gym I’d been running for an hour. I just google-pedometered (check it out if you haven’t – it’s rad!) the route and it totals out at 7 miles.

7 miles. On my gimpy-assed, “unfixable”, bony old foot.

Sweet Hallelujah if that ain’t reason for givin’ thanks then I don’t know what is.

Last year I wrote that I was thankful for healing, however slow. This year I’m thankful for “healed”.

Possibly related (automatically generated) posts:

  1. Running is My Always Lover I’ve always been a runner.  No really, I’m one of...
  2. Slippery Slope. When I start to get really stressed out I often...
  3. A Shout Out: My Cousin Kicks it HARD Before I get down to nighttime eating strategies, I want...
  4. Back to the Track: Speed Workouts Without Spew The psychological progression of waking up early for hard workouts...

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: