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Slice of Life: Returning to Routines … Until Next Year #SOL18

This morning I did not go to my now familiar spot.  I did not pour my coffee.  I did not light my candles.  I did not arrange my daffodils, just so.  I did not settle into my chair with my blanket.  I did not open my computer.  I did not log in. I did not draft my slice.

This morning I decided it was time to return my typical morning routine.  I laced up my sneakers.  I found my running gloves. I set my watch to track my pace.  I drove my car to my other familiar spot.  I hit the road and allowed the smells, sights and sounds to ground me.  As my feet hit the pavement and I fell into my stride, comfort washed over me.  I remembered why I run.

I run this route nearly five times a week.  My body knows every turn and slight incline.  My mind expects to release about a half-mile in and find my zone.  This is where I draft.  I draft ideas, solutions, relationships, worries, and goals.  I draft articles, presentations, proposals and new projects.  I draft vacations, dinners with friends, adventures, and family outings.  This is when my mind is at peace and can explore, hope, imagine and create.

I have missed my morning runs.  I have missed starting my day connecting with my running friends.  I have missed starting my day with the sunrise.  I have missed beginning my day with laughter.  I have missed hearing the sounds of birds awakening the day.

The end of this challenge is always bittersweet.  There are so many things I will miss, but like all good things, this too must come to an end.  Until next year – when my chair, my blanket and all of you will be waiting for me.

Congratulations – we did it!!

A HUGE THANK YOU to StaceyBetsyBethKathleenDebMelanie, and Lanny for all you to nurture this community and providing this space for teachers and others to share their stories every day in March and on Tuesdays throughout the year.


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    Glenda M. Funk
    Posted at 19:11h, 31 March Reply

    I noticed you were not in your normal spot on the call for slices. This post makes me want to run, but I’ll have to be satisfied w/ a bike ride Sunday morning. Thanks for being a part of my slicing journey. I’ve loved your posts and wish I’d found you sooner. I’ll look for you next March.

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    Diane Esolen Dougherty
    Posted at 19:13h, 31 March Reply

    I wondered where you were! Getting back to your morning run routine and your drafting/thinking sounds like a satisfying fit. Yes, we made it, and I look forward to seeing your Tuesday posts (after your morning run, of course). Thank you for your thoughtful slices, and your responses too.

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    Posted at 19:32h, 31 March Reply

    Congratulations to you, too. Enjoy your daily runs. It is so wonderful to have that location or time or activity that allows for reflection. (My spot, often, is the shower or while I walk.) I hope to read more of your slices next year!

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 22:09h, 31 March Reply

    Returning to routine always grounds me too! And thank you for your continued support! Congrats!

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    Posted at 22:56h, 31 March Reply

    A good day for a run. The moon stayed up and bright as the sun was coming up just one last day in March and on to the next adventure. ❤️

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    Amanda Potts
    Posted at 23:37h, 31 March Reply

    I like how one routine makes way for another – and then back again. Your description of running almost makes me want to run again (but my knees would like to remind me that biking is a better option). Congratulations to all of us for making it through March!

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    Kathleen Sokolowski
    Posted at 00:17h, 01 April Reply

    Congrats on another March! This has been such an exciting time for you and Tammy- I can’t wait to get a copy of your new book! I loved the podcast on Heinemann….and Happy Birthday! Thanks for being such a supportive commenter on my slices. Your words always brighten my day. Happy Running!

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    Lisa Corbett
    Posted at 01:30h, 01 April Reply

    In April I always feel ready to make a new routine. I don’t have a regular writing time set aside, but this March I have been finding the time to comment every night. Time to think about what I’ll do instead after dinner!

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    Karen Terlecky
    Posted at 02:14h, 01 April Reply

    I always admire your routines. My writing this month happened all over the place, at various times of the day. No routines whatsoever.
    But I’m happy that you are back in your running routine. It’s been fun to “chat” this month.

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    Posted at 09:21h, 01 April Reply

    Go run. Enjoy your morning routine! See you on Tuesdays!

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