A Body Neglected
I feel that still strange feeling of oxygen flowing through my body.
My muscles ache in protest and my stomach growls in anger.
For far too long, I have kept my body neglected.
Atrophy and decay set in when life should rule.
I keep moving despite the pain.
Running like the Devil is on my heels.
Because anything but life is death.
And I must escape this hell of my own creation.
The morning air burns into my lungs.
It tingles through my veins.
It hurts to take each breath.
And yet, I feel like I need to breathe even more.
Soon I feel the blood flowing.
Flowing to parts of my body hitherto unknown.
Minor aches and pains nagging my mind.
Reminding me of the body I’ve long neglected.
After a while my mind starts to wander.
The pain in my legs feels so much less urgent.
I start to think about the end of the run,
And the beautiful autumn day that awaits me after.
A minute later, I start to feel good.
As soon as I think of it, the pain returns.
But now the end is in sight.
I have finished my goal.
The body relents, and soon does the mind.
Health equals life. And life is the only way.
Have you ever started exercising after a long period of being out of shape? How hard was it for you? Let me know in the comment section.