However on Saturday afternoon, the sun was out and that was enough for this novice runner to put on her American Eagle down vest circa 1999, iPod ready with every British girl pop band you can think and armed with my iPhone to snap a few photos on a 7 mile run. Considering I ran 5 miles in slushy and icy weather last Saturday, I couldn't come up with a good enough excuse to not to get myself out there in much better conditions.
So I put one foot in front of the other and set out to lose myself in my own thoughts for the next hour or so. There is nothing more therapeutic than a good long run, especially when I have felt cooped up with the weather being so cold outside. Make no mistake - I love my faux fur coat and vest but I want to swap those out for a trench coat already.
Although it was only 37 degrees, the sun shining made it feel a little warmer as I monitored my pace, sang out loud to the Saturdays as I ran along the river and started to let my mind wander.....
|snapped at 3.5 miles into the run|
Earlier this week, I sat through a series of speakers at TedxCle and was completely inspired by them, what they are doing around Cleveland and their general passion for their industries. My mind started working, thinking, brainstorming and dreaming of a slew of random thoughts and ideas I have had in the back of my mind for awhile, which is what I did again on my run.
Just thinking in that stream of consciousness way, letting my mind drift from topic to topic and moving forward with each step I took along the path and realizing how the small and petty stuff really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things.
While my time wasn't exactly as fast as I need for my upcoming half marathon, I spent an hour exactly doing exactly what I needed in that afternoon - snapping some photos of the beautiful almost spring scenery, clearing my head and refining my focus for the months ahead.
Focus on my upcoming my races and workouts to make my goal time.
Focus on my decorating plan for my patio for countless summer evenings with friends.
Focus on my savings plan for what will be an unforgettable France and Spain trip.
Focus on clearing the debris out of the way and keep moving forward.
|Melted river a-flowing|