Running With My Shadow

Sometimes she runs beside me….

Sometimes she runs behind me….

Sometimes she runs before me….

Each step I take, I follow her.

Pondering her every motion and appearance.

For where she is and what is she doing.

How much longer can my shadow keep up….

Is she falling behind or getting in front?

It’s a close race.

I hear the crush of shoes scuffing the sidewalk. The light moves and my shadow disappears.

I run without her.

In the quiet.

In the dark.

I wait.

And she appears as I pass under the next beam of fluorescent.

She looks more confident than me. Like she could run forever.

But I know I can’t. I have another minute.

I wish for her strength.

Two more shadows emerge from the front and the back.

There are three of us running in sync.

Our own little club.

In time, they drop away and it’s just the two of us again.

Running….. and ……breathing.

Breathing….. and ……running.

Into the night.

Under the lights.

With one goal in mind.

To finish what we started.

My 5K is Saturday….I have trained three out of the five weeks I had to prepare. Considering that, I am pretty happy with where I am at. My biggest success was leaving the treadmill and running with my shadow in the evening. It is my peace, my time, and my sanity. I hope to keep night running until I *do* finish my goal of a marathon. Looks like me, and my shadow will log a lot of miles. I can’t wait…..

27 thoughts on “Running With My Shadow

    1. Jewel- That is awesome! I was up to a half-marathon five years ago. I am ready to get back up to speed. Don’t stop at the 10K, do a half after you complete it. It’s an incredible feeling. 🙂


  1. Angelia, I am just so impressed! I didn’t know you were a runner! I’m really wanting to do something like this in the near future.

    Something I really enjoy about your blogging is that there is not only visual creativity and aesthetic expression in your photographs, but you have often times combined it with your heartfelt writing like this. It’s the “total package”!


    1. Oh my gosh, Tiffanie! Thank YOU. That’s the best compliment ever. It means so much to receive comments like this. Makes all the blog time worth it. Truly!

      I am a very slow runner with lots of walk breaks. Hopefully, with weightloss, I’ll be smaller and faster. 😉


  2. Good for you – best of luck!!! You post today is so poetic – really well done! It is what it is like to run. Solitary and your mind getting creative.


  3. You not only have a way with photos, but also a way with words! Loved this! Good luck with your 5K tomorrow, I’ll be cheering you on from IL =)
    I also wanted to thank you for all of your comments these past few days. Your words have meant so much to me!


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