Slowing Down

Each step is just a little slower
Ten years ago the pace was faster
Thirty years ago at the height of my running hate
I would be lapping myself now

Yet my heart is beating faster
Than it did a decade ago
Or even back in high school cross country
But I’m enjoying this run more

The humidity makes breathing
Akin to drinking a milk shake
The hills are striking nails
Into my starting over weary legs

So this run is taking awhile longer
Than I thought it would.
I’ve got the years to thank
For this 11:00 minute pace.

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