Places to Run

To get this blog going, I wanted to repost some writing from my main blog that is about exercise, living healthy, etc.
Here’s an excerpt from “Places to Run” and you can find the rest by clicking on the link below.

I ran for the first time today on Florida ground. It was wonderful. I could feel each footfall on the sandy pavement. I took a breath and it was the fresh mid- seventies breeze covering only light humidity. The sky was light blue with feather-thin clouds, surreal.

On the path I ran, there were two sidewalks on opposite ends of the street, separated by two lanes of traffic on each side. It wasn’t busy, a few shiny cars here and there. It was along the more recent developments, the ritzy condos and retirement homes for avid golfers and those who appreciated a nice gated pool and a lovely sunset over the putting green. On the left side of the street was the course. It stretched about a mile with green grass cut so short it was turf-like and little pools of pond water that sparkled under the almost-sunset.

Along the pathway and in the median of the street, the median that divided the four lanes of traffic, were palm trees. And as I ran, I admired those palm trees. They seemed to be of about the same height, their branches outstretched and dancing lightly in the breeze, bark stiff and proud. It seemed that the line of trees extended endlessly. From what I could see in front of me, they stretched two miles down to the complex entrance, then continued around the curve and down the main street. Through the trees I could see little pieces of sunlight like shards of a stained glass window. I loved how the sun seemed to flit between the spaces of leaves, twinkling in the corners of my eyes, distracting me…

Places to Run.

via Places to Run.

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