My Groove

Since the move to my new town I’ve lost my running groove. I can’t find the place I want to run…..or like to run. There’s more traffic so I’ve not explored much. My daughter and I crossed the highway Saturday and found a small neighborhood there.

But it’s not my country roads. I think I didn’t know how much I liked the country and the roads there and the quiet there. I didn’t mind running in the dark sometimes because I knew the roads. I knew the people in the houses and dogs in their yards. I didn’t mind the one car or old truck that drove slowly past while I was running.


My country road

My husband told me last night that I may have to do what I don’t want to do. He reminded me that there are parks and high school tracks in town. And I reminded him that I don’t want to get in my car and drive somewhere to run. I want to step out of my front door and run.

So today I stepped out of my front door and ran. Two miles up and down the dead-end road I live on now. Back and forth….to the highway…..then down to the neighbors……again and again. I ran last week
too, but shorter distances because….well……it got old. This is what the route looks like on my Runkeeper app.

But guimageess what? It was a great run this morning. So I go back and forth on the same road. I’ll get used to the burly boxer barking at me from his back yard and the two little dogs in their fence. I’ll get used to the highway traffic. Maybe I’ll start waving to the traffic as I turn around to run back down to the neighbors. Then wave again when I come back to the highway and again and again. And maybe I’ll cross the highway and run in that neighborhood soon.

All I know, is that I want to run. So I’m gonna run.

And I’ll get my groove back.


“The good Lord gave you a body that can stand most anything. It’s your mind you have to convince.”                              Vince Lombardi










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  1. brucewmartin on February 18, 2016 at 3:19 pm

    You are RunKeeper app graphic was hilarious! Well done though.

  2. Joy Waters Martin on February 18, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Ughhh…the new normals are hard to embrace …but soon they become …normal, I guess 😉

  3. dawnlizjones on February 18, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    It may not be the country roads, but it’s the same sky! I applaud your TENACITY!

  4. Expectational on February 19, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Nice quote from VL but I’m still not a Packers fan!

  5. Lonna Hill on February 20, 2016 at 6:30 am

    I can so feel your pain. I had the perfect place to run in Korea before we moved. I was a short jog away from a canal with a nice walkway. I never had to worry about traffic or stoplights. Here in Beijing, I’m often on a treadmill because the air is sometimes too polluted to go outside. And even when I can run outside, I run the same loop all the time, have to watch out for traffic, and smell the yucky city smells.

    I do admire your tenacity, though. It’s so easy to throw in the towel when things aren’t ideal. My husband got me a TV and DVD player installed in front of our treadmill and the Little House on the Prairie DVDs for Christmas. It’s been keeping me happy so far. It’s so much easier to run on the mill when I can have Little House marathons.

    • mariegriffith on February 20, 2016 at 7:02 am

      Little House On the Prairie is the best!!

  6. Embrace the New | Full-Time on March 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm

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  7. purplepumpernickelblog on May 15, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Change is disruptive, and disturbing, and it really messes up our grooves. I applaud you for trying new ways & places to run!

    • mariegriffith on May 15, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      Thank you. New is hard sometimes but it’s good too.

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