Often, if you’ve been my friend awhile and read my other blogs of yesteryears, you know sometimes I go on hiatus. And then I come back and say something like “life got in the way!” Etc. And I feel bad and guilty for my absence.

Well, it’s true that life did get in the way this time…

I did something dumb and fell and landed hard, fracturing/severely bruising my tailbone. It took a full month to recuperate. I couldn’t sit without pain, I couldn’t lift my left leg more then a few inches off the ground (putting pants on was excruciating unless I bent down and held onto a chair to get dressed) so I certainly wasn’t going to exacerbate the healing by doing a physically jarring activity like long distance running…

…I’m here in Hong Kong, adjusting to a new position (academic dean) in the summer program I’ve worked for for years. The learning curve hasn’t been easy, but I’m finally feeling a respite…

…the heat and humidity of Hong Kong always throws me for a loop, no matter what.

So yes, life got in the way. I didn’t run for about a month. But I am actively choosing not to feel guilty about it. As Ecclesiastes says, there is a season for everything, and I just needed to take a break. The picture above mentions replenishing. I needed to regain my ability first, and then my desire, to run. I just hoped it happened sooner than later considering I’m running a half marathon in September.

But it’s back. I ran 5 miles up and down Victoria Road just like last year and grabbed some nice pics. There was a section when I was running straight downhill and “Everlong” by the Foo Fighters came on, which is one of my all time favorite songs. I found myself feeling invincible and free and full of the Holy Spirit as I maneuvered on the road. THAT is why I run. For freedom.


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She is clothed in strength and dignity, and she laughs at the days to come.
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