I was on the treadmill for day number two. I can’t really call it post recovery since I’m still recovering, but it was my second day back running. Since it was cold and raining, I was inside on the treadmill and that’s OK. I really didn’t mind. There is very seldom anyone in the employee gym, so it gives me the opportunity to crank up my headphones and enjoy my tunes.
Today one particular song seemed to reach out and grab me. I’m not even sure if it can be considered a running song, but as I did my workout, I had the opportunity to listen to the words which gave me the motivation to keep moving when I didn’t think I could. I only did two miles today. I need to run a quarter mile then walk a quarter mile until my planter fasciitis has healed.
I digress – Kelly Clarkson’s song, Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You), reverberated through my mind over and over. It reminded me of where I’ve been and the new things I’ve had the courage to try – most importantly, running. My new accomplishments!
So many lyrics make me smile when I realize how far I’ve come.
“Bet you think that everything good is gone. Think you left me broken down. Think that I’d come running back Baby, you don’t know me, ’cause you’re dead wrong.”
“Thanks to you I got a new thing started. Thanks to you I’m not the broken-hearted”
“You know, in the end, the day you left is just my beginning in the end”
“What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Stand a little taller. Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone. You heard that I was starting over with someone new. They told you I was moving on, over you.”
As many times as I’ve heard this song, I still love it. It has become my new anthem. I AM a fighter! I came back swinging. My footsteps ARE lighter.
Do you have a running anthem?