Archive for February 1st, 2010

I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been having hip pain while running. I’ve also briefly mentioned the miracle that is physical therapy – something that, in the beginning,  I honestly didn’t think would be worth my time. After a few sessions, I was able to run 4-5 miles on the treadmill, albeit slowly. Then, last week, my therapist gave me the go-ahead to get back into my regular routine.

Best news I’d heard all day.

However, my “regular routine” these past few weeks should have included weekend long runs of anywhere from 13-17 miles, as per my marathon training guide. And even I’m not foolish enough to jump right back into training that quickly.

So I did 10.

It wasn’t easy on the snow, and yes, my hip did act up at times, but I made it. And as I was finishing up with a few laps around the park near my apartment – exhausted, cold, and ready to be done – I saw these works of art:

These two remind me of Gumby for some reason.

Simple? Sure. But there’s something contagious about a smile, whether it’s real or not. And the fact that someone took the time to make a smiling grove of trees? Well, it made my last couple miles that much more enjoyable.

It’s all about the little things.

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