“The triumph can’t be had without the struggle.” – Wilma Rudolph, Olympic runner
My family and I went into Chicago for a weekend recently and I was inspired to improve my fitness. Even though I’ve been walking 15 minutes or more every day for the past month, I want to do more.
My husband Ken and our three young-adult children are slim and fit. They walk long distances and can run with ease. My new walking habit enabled me to keep up with them in the city, although I brought up the rear. On Sunday, we walked 1½ miles to the United Center to see Cirque du Soleil. We were still a few blocks away when the winds picked up, the temperature dropped, and the sky became black. My daughter said she’d heard it might hail.
The only sensible thing to do was to break into a run, which was okay with everyone else. I reluctantly agreed to a slow jog. After one block, I was sweating, out of breath, and needing to walk. Luckily, the winds slowed. We went back to walking and got to the show just before the storm hit the United Center.
The Cirque du Soleil performers were strong and muscular and did amazing feats with their bodies. A young woman balanced upside down on one arm on a trapeze bar, one of her many tricks.
Watching them inspired me to be more fit. I won’t ever be a trapeze artist or an Olympic athlete, but I want to walk with ease and even to run short distances. I want to sightsee and travel without fatigue. I’ve decided to add some running to my walking habit.
St. Francis of Assisi said, “It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” It’s time to get out of my chair and get moving. I hope you’ll join me.
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