Some days you notice the beauty on your own. And some days you need a reminder to look for it.
We had company coming for the holiday weekend, so I snuck out early Saturday (like 6:30 early) for a long run, fueled only by coffee and a plan to see if I could last 13-14 miles on it. 🙂 it’s less than 50 days to my attempt at 50 miles (woohoo!) and I don’t have time to miss any runs.
It was cool out (yay!) and as I hit the end of my drive I saw a runner coming back from her run (how early was she up?) and we exchanged smiles.
And barely a half-mile in, I noticed they had cleared the brush by the river, and one of my favorite spots of “graffiti” was uncovered.
And, armed with this perspective I really noticed my surroundings. In fact, between miles one and two I saw this guy…
And this guy…
Love my animal sightings. And it helped in the later miles, when the “coffee fuel” ran out and the sun rose. I thought of the heron and the deer and smiled and persevered.
At the end, returning home at 9am as promised, I had logged 13.55 miles. At a nice easy “ultra training” pace.
And the rest of the weekend was great too – even got out for a steamy four-mile run on the 4th!
Back to work today – and it’s gonna be a busy one. But, I plan to make sure it’s a beautiful one.
Happy Tuesday my friends. And happy running!