The road less traveled

The road less traveled

On the first day of the year, I decided to run to my parents house, and treat them to my best wishes for the new year. 

For a minute I hesitated about which road to take: should I take the bike path which would probably be less slippery, or the more scenic and interesting route? 

I'll take the road less traveled

It didn't take me very long to decide: I'ld take the road less traveled. It's much more interesting, and I don't get to take it very often. The first two miles, it was just fine, and I could run to my heart's desire. But then suddenly it turned into an ice rink, and I had no choice but to stop running, and make my way gingerly across the ice.

No matter how carefully I put my feet down, they kept slipping away.
'I knew it! I should have taken the bike path!' I grumbled to myself. 

'The bike path is the road much traveled, and I would have been able to run, instead of shuffle!'

Then I realized something

But then I realized: the road less taken, may not be the easiest, but that doesn't mean it's not worth it! And I felt my anger and frustration melt away, as I made friends with the icy streets. I adjusted my footsteps to the slippery snow, and told myself: 'Even though this road isn't what I wanted, I'm going to let it tell me how to travel on it.'

And as I arrived at my parents house I felt this great joy about the road less traveled. 

It was so worth it!


Heather said...

That looks so so so cold. I am such a whimp.
Good for you. Did your parents bring you back home??

I gave you an award at my blog. (Sorry...don't feel obligated to play along.)

dannie chOOng said...

hey hey, congrats for being nominated as one of the "Best Running Blogs 2011" hope to read many more of your fantastic running stories. sending you greetings from Malaysia...

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