Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Walker or runner?


  Years ago I used to be a full-time runner.

 Now I am a walker who becomes a runner  to adjust to the demands of life duties and responsibilities. (Wearing many hats calls for both roles).
 As a runner, I meet other people's expectations and  gain a sense of accomplishment.
  As a walker, I appreciate the beauty around me; I feel the ecstasy of floating in an ocean wave, immersed in a sensation of mystery.


What about you? Walker? Runner? Or both?



20 comments:

  1. I'm more of a walker now, though I'm still running at times.

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    1. I'm sure most runners wouldn't even read my post...

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  2. In old age, we tend to become walkers. There's no one around to make demands on my time and I love to work in the yard. This time of year, the song birds are making preparations to nest and when I work in the rock garden I'm delighted with their magical songs. I used to run on the beach when I lived in Florida and that gave me great energy. Now when I go for walks with the dog, I often break into a run for a short distance but I could never run the full distance.

    Good post.

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    1. Working in the yard is wonderful, Manzanita. It's great that you have that intimate connection with nature.(Many years ago, when I was a teenager, I liked to run on the beach too).

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  3. I think I'm naturally more of a runner. It's exciting. I like things to be done in good time, and I'm a little impatient when it comes to waiting around. But as the weight clings to my middle, and life takes it's toll - mentally and physically - I have been forced on many occasions to walk and not run so fast.

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    1. I know what you mean. I like that kind of efficiency.

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  4. I ran years ago, back before it became a thing. I've always loved walking as well though. I need to get back into the habit, not sure why I stopped because it makes me happy.

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    1. Good point, Karen. This may be the right time for you to go back to it...

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  5. Greetings Julia,

    I run for the exercise. Mostly I stroll and absorb all that surrounds me. A gentle stroll in the great outdoors. I stroll and I marvel. A lovely, thoughtful posting, my dear friend.

    In kindness,

    Gary

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    1. It's great that you get to do both... last weekend I strolled down that beautiful trail that you see on this picture I shared.
      Thank you for your sweet comment, Gary. Greetings to Penny.

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  6. Hi Julia, earlier I was a runner, now I am a walker. Whenever I need to clear the cobwebs in my mind, I go for long walks.

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    1. Oh, yes, and those walks help to clear the cobwebs...

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  7. As for so many of us, work and life tasks have said that I should be a runner for most of my life but when there has been the opportunity to walk I've treasured the moment, the chance to contemplate, look around me again and follow the creative flow.

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    1. Sometimes it is a matter of choice. Sometimes we must go with the flow, pressed by circumstances. I agree with you, Sharon. Enjoy those precious moments.

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  8. I am a walker, but I usually walk and listen to music. For me it's more about being able to escape for an hour or so than to experience anything around me.

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    1. Taking breaks is healthy and necessary. Thanks for commenting, Kay.

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  9. I'm a walker. And I like to look around me at everything I'm passing, because there are a lot of nice yards and gardens in Midtown. Running, I would miss half the pleasure.

    BTW, thanks for stopping by and commenting on the Art Show.

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  10. Hi Julia .. great post to highlight how we do things. I used to 'run' ... now I definitely stroll probably! But I get time to think as I go .. and I've needed that space in recent years .. on the other hand I've always done what I need to do and with hospitals and nursing centres, and houses x 2 - there was a fair amount ... I reckon to continue strolling along fairly steadily now!!

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hi Hilary. Strolling is a nice thing to do. It gives you time to meditate and to savor life. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

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