On Habits, Running and Being Alive

I didn’t feel like a run yesterday but I still headed out the door to keep up the habit. I decided a stroll was in order… down a different route…

My morning run has been a slow progression to a place of strength for me, physically and mentally. It reminds me of that lovely quote by Swett Marden …”The beginning of a habit is like an invisible thread, but every time we repeat the act we strengthen the strand and add to it another filament, until it becomes a great cable and binds us irrevocably, thought and act” .

Love the red chimney!

… and do you know how I keep running even though my knees crackle and my hips ache and I’m going to be on the wrong side of 45 any day now? I remind myself that one day I will not be able to do it and it will all just be a distant memory that I summon from the deep recesses of my older brain, desperate to relive the physicality of it all. I will try to remember how strong I felt and how the breeze felt on my face, how my mind went elsewhere and how some days I would return home in what seemed like only 5 minutes and wonder where I’d been for the last hour.

“It’s possible to forget how alive we really are. We can become dry and tired, just existing, instead of really living. We need to remind ourselves of the juice of life, and make that a habit. Find those places inside that jump for joy … and do things”. Unknown.

I like that. ‘Do things’. Great advice!

Happy Friday!

A-M xx

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16 Responses to On Habits, Running and Being Alive

  1. I love that quote by Swett Marden, just wonderful! After reading this post I think you have inspired me to start running…….:-) Mxxx

  2. penny barns says:

    I am such a lazy thing at the moment. I get in moods of exercising everyday than BANG i stop it all.
    I need to find my habit again and quick.
    :( sad me today. Big headache and i just want my house to myself asap.
    Pen x

    • A-M says:

      I give my self no alternative Pen. I get up and put those damn shoes on and just go, no matter how I feel. and if I feel blah I just walk, dawdle, stroll…. just good to keep the habit. Hope you’re feeling better soon. Everyone’s had it today. End of the week… close to end of term. We’re all exhausted. xx

  3. Miss Gingham says:

    Oh dear, I don’t think I’ve run like that since I was in school. I loathed it then and wouldn’t like it now. Give me a walk with our beautiful 4 legged girl, looking at gardens and the views as well as chatting to our humane and doggy friends + strangers, and I/we feel ready to start the day.
    We are all so fortunate to have the freedom to do such things.
    Have a lovely weekend AM.

  4. Faux Fuchsia says:

    as soon as I can lift self from sick bed I will resume my walking addiction. x

  5. Julie B. [Holland] says:

    Seasons are changing here so its a lazy time at this end of the world for me. From happy sunshine days to somewhat crappy dull dark damp days. Wanting to be inside and more or less having to be inside are two different things, BUT there is always something to do to pick up the spirits! Have a happy weekend A-M and family! xo :)

  6. Carolyne says:

    thats exactly what I say to myself everymorning when the alarm goes off at 6 and I head out. I also say to myself that my mother just can’t get up and go anymore, so I am doing it for her too. You have to live your life to the FULLEST. Great post, gorgeous houses.

  7. Andrea Lauder says:

    True words to live by. Thank you for reminding me A-M that while I may appear to old to do things it’s completely possible to do so (and I must!).


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