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In case you haven't heard, it's not exactly spring weather in Cleveland, Ohio, which isn't entirely surprising as we are used to this kind of thing. Last year this time, it was somewhere in the 60s and this weekend we still found ourselves clad in winter coats with temperatures reaching a high of 37 degrees. A high!

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


wearingmascara said...

This is such a beautiful post and refreshing considering the snow that's outside my window right now. I love the focus you have and taking "me" time. I can't wait to hear more about your running journey this "spring" (or winter... haha"

Katelin said...

you are such a star! get it girl!

Beth @ CraveableCleveland said...

Running is such an amazing head clearing activity :). It really needs to get warm and stay warm soon so we can all clear out all this mental winter clutter!

OBM.cle said...

ahhhhh...you added Spain to the France trip??? you are going to love it. i was blown away by Barcelona.

Jessica (Bayjb) said...

Love this! You're so right, the little things don't matter in the grand scheme.

Fizzgig said...

I like nothing more than listening to my favorite tunes and running outside in nature. Whether it's freezing, or beautiful outside. You, your music, nature, and your thoughts...nothing can compare!