I ran my first 8km training run the other day, as part of the preparation for my upcoming half marathon. It was a mostly pleasurable experience, but for moments when I struggled against the runners wall, and I was pleased by my marked progress (however small). I used to weigh over 300lbs, so running was simply not an option back in the day. The simple fact that I am able to run, all things considered, is something that I am truly grateful for. I wrote this haiku about surpassing the runners wall.
Goosebumps, shiver, sweat,
Body rewards the progress
Step, step, on we go.
(Photo – Eli Woodbine, Toronto, 2016)