by Clara Grandt on April 20, 2012
A few weeks ago, on a perfectly cool and sunny morning, I remember meeting with my coach, Sean, and he said to me that he thinks God gives us a break with days like these. I had to agree. I had just finished a great run that morning, not because I did anything more accomplishing or special than any other morning, but because I had simply let worries aside and enjoyed the beautiful day that was beginning.
The weather in West Virginia has been nearly perfect for running this spring, and every run feels like a blessing. I’ve been trying new trails and really enjoying each run. There are delicate little flowers scattered everywhere, a green haze on the hills, and whether the sky is clear blue and sunny, or even gray and misty, it just feels like there’s hope and peace in the air.
I know, it sounds like I’ve been hanging with the hippies, but I’ve really just been appreciating my blessings, and I think spring is a great time to do that. I’ve had a lot of things occupying my mind lately, and running always helps me navigate through all those thoughts and bring the good things to the surface. I’ve been blessed with the ability to run and been given great opportunities, and realizing this has helped me in so many ways.
Running has always been the best way for me to release my energy. Whether it’s to let myself dream and be inspired, to celebrate something, pray, or just clear my head, I feel it keeps me sound. It may be because it’s such a repetitive motion that it makes it a great time to think, or the release of endorphins that make you feel good about everything. Whatever it is, running has always helped make me feel better, and strive to be better. I am thankful for that.
So, to everyone who has been gearing up to conquer goals on the track, on the road, or in other parts of your lives, don’t forget to take a moment, or a run, to embrace the beautiful days, and enjoy the simple moments. Spring is a great time to make some great strides, and that’s what I have been embracing in my training.