This morning was one of those runs, where everything just seemed to come together. The crisp fall weather felt perfect, just the right amount of coolness. The sun was rising above me, and I truly felt at peace. With all the crazy things that happen in our fast paced lives these days, this was a rare moment, and I soaked up every second.
While I was running, I just felt a sense of calm, and everything seemed so much simpler. In the middle of my running epiphany, I wondered, what would have happened if I never started running? How many moments like this would I have missed? While running has significantly improved my physical health, I also believe that running has brought me mental clarity and a closer connection to nature.
Since I started running, I feel like I appreciate my surroundings more. When I run outside, I do not use headphones. (I save that for the treadmill.) I really want to be in tune with what is going on around me. (Not to mention safety!)
Today I just wanted to take the time and reflect on all running has given me. It has been a wonderful outlet for stress and has provided time for disconnecting from the usual fast pace of everyday life.
What do you think about on your runs?