After logging another 13 miles on the treadmill last night, I was so happy to get outside this morning for 3.5 miles even if I had to do lots of feet watching to avoid the ice. That huge dark cloud moved in quickly and stole the sunshine away. But that did not take away for a great running experience.
I recently had a conversation with Denise about a guest post I did. That conversation ended up being more about experiences. That is what life and running is for me. Experinces. I choose not to view them as good or bad. Simply things to learn from or not.
So last nights 13 miles on the treadmill using my computer to watch an instant Netflix because ALL 3 of my "spare" tvs died and my morning run finally outside with ice and snow were not bad or good experiences. They just reminded me of a few things:
I need to be flexible
I need to be prepared
I need to appreciate all I have when I have it
I am lucky to live in a place where I can count on my neighbors to watch out for me
I have many ways to be able to run, I should be thankful
Not everyone would agree with running 13 miles on a school night, it takes time from my kiddos. Not everyone would agree with running on roads that are ice and snow covered due to the risk. But the things I choose to do I hope will encourge someone else to try something in a different way. To have a new experience.
And with the I will leave you with the end of my on-going conversation...
"...But here in bloggy land I hope to encourage and inspire people who are seeking many different things; one of which is an obsession with running. I hope to learn from these same people. So I keep my mind open to things that I might not have thought of before. I don't always agree with what others do. However, I believe we are so blessed by having the ability to choose whatever we want at any given time that I try to honestly think about things people do that are unlike "my way." I would like to think with that outlook I will not miss out on something that may have been a great experience for me.
And isn't that really what this all is, an experience. Neither good nor bad, simply a time of undetermined length in which to experience as much as we can and impact as many as we can."