Endurance

Eyes bestow, ears tune
in. As I run, vibrant sun
causes beads of sweat

to simmer on my
reddened skin, on and on I
step – eye-sight flickers.

Focus lost. Ground heaves
under my feet. I tumble.
and regain balance.

Looming fall too close
for comfort, I halt. Breathe in
and walk on. Waving

heart swayed, muscles tense.
Aches wake. Body weeps and screams
in silent gashes.

Pushed too hard.

Yet heading on still.

© Hailie


Featured image: Under the Summer Sun, captured in Oze, France, on August 15th, 2017 (iPhone 5S, HDR settings)


The solitary pains and pleasure of half-marathon training. Alone with your body and soul, thoughts running free, body alive and exerted, feeling like a tiny ant in the wide open world, filtering through to you with each step.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Diana says:

    A flurry of fabulous Haiku (s) – oh so good! The reader is there with you through your vivid words. You manage to convey the personal challenges and I’m happily breathless. I can hear the crunch of ground underfoot, and almost feel my Achilles groan with effort. I’ll be thinking of your words on my morning run; focusing on the pleasure and endorphin high!

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    1. Thank you my lovely friend 💕 I am glad I could convey the effort and the sensations of the workout. It is not always that painful though ^^ and you are right the endorphin high is the best 🙂

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      1. Diana says:

        Almost like the high one gets from a wonderful letter from afar!! ❤️ Sleep well this night 😌

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  2. ivors20 says:

    So much energy and determination in these words, well done

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    1. Thanks you, Ivor 🙂 I tried to capture and recreate the feel as accurately as words would let me. I am happy you think it worked 🙂

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  3. This is great! I just found your blog and I love your style. I’m a fellow runner too and this is amazing!

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    1. Thanks, Lexie! I am delighted you found me, and even more that you enjoyed my style! I can’t picture a fulfilling life without those passions of mine in it! Happy running and writing to you!

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