As I began my weekly run on Saturday morning, so many things were routine: the songs, the attire, the parking space, the scenery, even the direction I ran in. For years I had started my weekly run from 1st street by the jetty and Grommet Island Park. I would head North, to the end of the boardwalk past the Cavalier and continue up to the North End. Halfway through my run yesterday (9.5 miles is plenty of time to think about things), I realized it may be a while until I run that direction again. I will be moving to the North End this coming week. I look forward to being able to run right out of the front door and hit the sand or travel south towards the boardwalk. It occurred to me that my surroundings and scenery will take on a new point of view. I now will be traveling North to South. I challenge some of you to switch it up yourself with your weekly course. Maybe even try driving a different way home or to work. Take in all that is around you, and maybe you will notice something in a new way. Better yet, maybe you will notice something new to you altogether. I welcome the change and I am ready to begin noticing things from a different viewpoint.
After nearly 2 weeks without a run, I hit the streets again today. My gym (the Virginia Beach Boardwalk) had finally reopened. I say that jokingly of course. It really was open all along, but with the nasty conditions lately(those of you who live in Virginia Beach know what I mean), it was easier for me to say it was “closed for business”.
As soon as I heard the forecast today, I knew that I was going to fit in a run, no matter what it took . And as luck would have it, my afternoon freed up. I turned my lunch break into a jog on the boardwalk. I even ventured out onto the sand. The beach was wide and smooth. The sun was warm and it felt great. The sand was hard and perfect for capturing my footprints. I think the beautiful weather was contagious. People were out and soaking up the day. Everyone was smiling.
Everywhere I went this morning, people were talking about the weather. They were all trying to figure out how to sneak out early and enjoy it. One client even mentioned to me later that he fit in a run on his lunch hour as well. This evening I had several friends telling me they were running on the boardwalk after work. I confessed my covert running mission to them from earlier and assured them they would enjoy their run as well. Even though my run wasn’t long enough, the 30 minutes I was able to log was rejuvenating and refreshing.
But it did leave me with one question, Is it too early to have spring fever?
Sunny, clear, and upper 50’s to start and by the time I finished my long run, it was well into the 60’s. We have been blessed with wonderful training weather this year. I can’t help but hope that these training conditions are nothing short than a gift from above.
On the way to the boardwalk this morning I had my iPhone playing from iTunes on shuffle. I find it interesting that somehow, the iPhone knows exactly what song to play you at exactly the right moment. Perhaps another gift from above.
The song below is how I began my day. The lyrics are beautiful. It was a fitting song to empower me but also calm me and get me ready to take on the battle ahead. Today’s battle was 8.5 miles worth. And once I began, it really wasn’t much of a battle at all. As you will read below, it is AMAZING all that we can do.
Today’s Favorite Song:
It’s Amazing – Jem
Do it now, you know who you are
You feel it in your heart
And you’re burning and wishing
At first, wait, won’t get it on a plate
You’re gonna have to work for it
Harder and harder
And I know ‘cause I’ve been there before
Knocking on the doors with rejection
And you’ll see ‘cause if it’s meant to be
Nothing can compare to deserving your dream
It’s amazing, it’s amazing
All that you can do
It’s amazing, makes my heart sing
Now it’s up to you
Patience, now frustrations in the air
And people who don’t care
Well, it’s gonna get you down
And you’ll fall, yes you will hit a wall
But get back on your feet
And you’ll be stronger and smarter
This is from a day last week and never got a chance to post it.
Well since I don’t like to run in the rain (summer excluded), I had to get my energy out in a more creative way, mani/pedi time. (DIY, Google ESSIE and OPI) after all that running, don’t your paws and claws deserve to look their best.
I case you were not aware, runner girls are more than just sporty. They are multidimensional. They can be sporty, strong, sensitive, tough, girly, silly, stylish, and beautiful. All the runner girls I know are these things and more.