yin

They’re just shoes.

After a million miles in an endless series of racing flats, I pull on a pair of asics Cumulus balloon shoes. No particular reason. I just need a change.

I need a little insulation. From the road. From the stress. From life.

But in the end it’s just a shoe. The wind still batters me. School buses come too close. The oxygen at this extreme altitude, 8 feet, is just too thin.

There is no joy in this run, only exercise.

I run four miles along a course that parallels the ocean, oblivious to the postcard that’s only a glance away to the left. I ignore passing runners and the garish graffiti of mile markers from an endless parade of races that use this course.

I go out because that’s the only direction there is, and back only because I must.

I guess I just need something to blame and I’m running out of excuses.

What’s the point? I vaguely recall that there was one once. I just don’t remember what it was. Or my ZIP code.

Maybe it’s just life. Maybe it’s just low tide.

One thing it’s NOT is the asics.

They’re just shoes.

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6 Responses to yin

  1. sassafras says:

    not every day is a good day . . . not every race is a good race
    not every run is a good run . . . but we keep going cuz today …. just might be the one that is a good one …. a really good one …

    and don’t forget …. not every potato is a good potato

  2. SeniorRunner says:

    JUST shoes??? Man, you ARE on a downer!

    Looks like a bad case of “The Muskrat Blues.”

  3. tosuperstar says:

    I thought my lack of motivation was the corn fields, sounds like even the ocean becomes old hat after a while.

  4. goal_junkie says:

    you know what? even when you’re a little glum – you’re still a kick-ass writer.

  5. Maybe you need a rest day?

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