Friday, April 23, 2010

A Great Run Changes Everything!

Just back from a lovely 5-mile lunchtime run. Today's run was especially sweet for me. I have been treating patellar tendonitis in my right knee for the last 3 months. Today's run was the best run I've had in a long time. I owe it all to Terrel Hale of Georgetown Sports Therapy. His deep, deep tissue massage changed everything.

Today's run also made me realize how grateful I am for the ability to run one more day. There were moments in the run when my mind and my body were at war. My body wanted to back off the pace. But my mind kept focusing on the pure pleasure of running, and viola! -- that changed everything.

Running is a lot like life. When you find yourself going through a challenge, try changing your mental response to the problem. Start viewing your obstacles as opportunties to become better, faster, and stronger.


My first blog: I'm so excited!

Hello world!
Briefly, I'm Courtenay Brown. I can quickly describe myself as follows:
  1. Wife
  2. Mother
  3. Publisher
  4. Yogi
  5. Runner!

I created this blog to share my love of running with others. I am especially interested in introducing more African-American women to the joys of running and yoga. I see so few "folks" out running at lunch time or participating in local races or taking time out in a yoga studio.

Hopefully my regular musings will encourage others to join in the fun. Nothing compares to sweat-induced, post-run clarity. You may be reading this and thinking, "run, I barely care to walk from point A to point B." But let me assure you, the gift of movement is one of the greatest blessings you can offer yourself.

I pray you will be encouraged by what you read here.