Nothing kickstarts my day into gear like a morning trail run! It is hard to get myself going in the morning, but once I am out there in the woods I feel energized. I ran a solid 4 miles today, easy pace of 9 minute miles, and didn’t push it too hard. I did stop to take some gorgeous pictures of the morning though. Often times, I pause my music and just listen to the sounds of nature. The birds, locusts, and the warm breeze running through the trees is music to my ears.
Rarely do I see another runner on the trails; usually I come across walkers, bikers, and the occasional horseback rider. It was nice to see a fellow runner out there this morning. As we passed each other we waved and she said
“Beautiful morning for a run!”
I responded “oh yes it is!”
We passed each other again, after my turn around point, and I said
She responded “have a good day!”
I know that conversation was short, but it was sweet. We were both enjoying the morning by running on the trails. Although I admit, I do use my trail runs as a break from my kiddos. Sometimes I just need a good hour to my self! I actually “kill two birds with one stone” because I am able to get a nice workout in at the same time.
I am so lucky to live where I do! The winters are long, but the summers are AMAZING!
I hope you all are enjoying your summer so far!
This photo is just one example what I see on my trail runs. I LOVE this time of year because I finally am able to run on the trails that run all throughout the county. The trails are absolutely stunning during the summer months. The wooded trails run through various farmland, backyards, and on bridges over roadways. There is always something new to look at. The beauty of the quiet nature is always so peaceful and satisfying. I admire the way the sun shines through the trees onto the pathways.
I have always enjoyed running. I was never very talented when it came to sports. I always resorted to running because it was simple; there was not much to it. I started out slow, but overtime I grew in strength and endurance and appreciation for the sport.
These days, I use running as my outlet; my stress reliever. There are many days when I feel sluggish, stressed out, or overwhelmed with everything I have to do. After coming back from a run, I feel refreshed, level-headed, accomplished, and overall happy. If I didn’t have running in my life, I do not know how I would cope with the daily struggles of motherhood, and life in general. I am lucky to have a vice where I can release all of my anxiety in a healthy and positive way.
I know plenty of friends and family members that have addictive personalities and rely on unhealthy vices to relieve their stresses. I could have easily gone down a different road of drugs, drinking, etc. But I am thankful that I didn’t. I am thankful that I am able to use running as my ultimate stress crusher!