This morning I went running alone. I went to a place I’ve been many times before – a trail called Polecat that’s a 6 mile loop of undulating, perfectly manicured single-track trail through the sagebrush-covered Boise Foothills. When I run by myself outdoors, on trails, all of my senses are reawakened, it seems. I’m more aware of the breeze (which was heavenly today in the 75 degree temperature.) I notice the sweet scent and colors of the wildflowers along the trail (today I saw clumps of tiny violet colored blossoms and lacy, white yarrow and vibrant, tiny yellow flowers dotting the landscape as I ran.) I’m more aware of the steady, rhythmic sound my Pure Grits make as they thump thump along in the dirt, propelling me forward.
I also notice things I might not have if I’d gone with someone else. I saw the cutest little lizard and his lizard buddy racing across the trail just as I rounded a corner at a blazing 11 min mile! They couldn’t have been more than 5 inches long each and I just busted out laughing when I saw them scurrying off into the brush to hide from the crazy runner lady invading their territory! A hummingbird flew so close to me that I could have nearly reached out and touched it’s delicate, furiously flapping wings, it seemed. A grasshopper stopped momentarily before me on the sandy trail and then bounced off into the sagebrush and I couldn’t help but wonder how totally awesome it must feel to be able to jump that HIGH! I decided grasshoppers remind me of my friend, Cory Reece since he can jump so very high, even after running 100 miles!
Being on my own, also meant I had time to let that private, inner world of my thoughts open up and I could think about some things going on in my own life that I can’t really share with anyone. It was a release to let some stresses out and to let the funny little creatures I saw and the natural beauty IN instead!
Some say running is cheaper than therapy. I couldn’t agree more! I hope that you’ll take the time to stop and notice the lizards (or whatever unique and interesting things might await) on your next run! Go on now! Get out there and turn on your senses FULL BLAST and live a little!! 🙂