Running Toward Happiness

This blog is a running blog. Passion Hits Pavement is about how I found—and am still finding—myself through my running. Though I talk about all sorts of topics on here, I wanted to get back to my roots and talk about what this blog is all about—the art of putting one foot in front of the other and finding happiness, peace and health in the process.

Just a few months back, at the very beginning of the year, I had hit a winter slump. With the holidays ending and nothing fun or exciting in sight, I found myself sitting on the couch more, bored and unmotivated. When we got Opie, though he made me so happy, I was beyond tired from the sleepless nights, which lead to an even greater lack of motivation. And crabbiness, on top of that.

So one morning, when it seemed like my zillionth 4:45 a.m. wakeup call with my fur baby, I decided to take him for a power walk (once it hit a more tolerable hour) to expel some of his energy and frankly, just do something. At 6:15, Opie and I set out to explore the neighborhood in the pitch black (did I mention it was February and about 10 degrees?).

The following morning, we did the same thing. And the same the day after that. Soon, we were walking almost every morning, no matter the weather. We slushed through the snow, shivered through the rain and walked happily on the clear mornings. I watched nearly every Northeast Ohio sunrise from February through April.


And then we practiced running together. After tripping several times and almost knocking my front teeth out once, we got the hang of it. In fact, I think Opie actually enjoys running more than he does walking (he’s definitely his momma’s boy). We’ve been running multiple times a week ever since.

Giving me sass

Having someone’s happiness depend on you is a very great responsibility, and it’s also incredibly rewarding. Though I never stopped running, having a little creature rely on me and get so excited to go out for a run makes every one more special and worth while.

Part of what I love about running is that it’s always there for you. You can step away from it for a while and come back to it whenever you’d like. Pick up those running shoes, dust them off and take them for a spin.

I’ve been grateful for falling in love with running for more than six years now. But the sunrises, sunsets and special moments I now get to share with my little fur child make me love it that much more.