On Sunday, back at the hotel in Santa Barbara, Ang went out for a morning run. I hung around the room for awhile and eventually ventured out to get us some breakfast. On my way back, I saw her cruising down the street, clearly having a great run. She was running with the ocean to her right and sunshine enveloping her entire body. The air was crisp and cool -- perfect for running. I was jealous. She came back to the hotel sweaty and glowing in that post-run bliss that I so often write about. I was right; she had a great run. She isn't training for anything right now so every run is for fun. She goes for as long as she wants, as far or as near as she wishes, and stops when she feels done. After running a marathon, this sounded like the best possible idea.
|What running looks like in Santa Barbara|
I am still thinking about how joyful Angela appeared after her run. I want that feeling right now. I want to run care free with no plan and no agenda. Just RUN.
Training is great. It is necessary and important for running races and getting faster. However, it is equally important to experience and appreciate the true essence of running.
Sometimes, we need to take it back to basics.
Leave the watch at home.
Pay attention to the smell of the outdoors.
Feel the breeze on your face.
Notice the squirrels in your path.
Forget about pace and mileage.
Trade your grimace for a smile.
Feel the joy that is running.
We run for so many reasons, but at the heart of running is a sense of calm, joyful satisfaction. I never, ever want to lose that. I may not be ready to run today, but when I hit the trails again, I know it is going to be meditative and awesome.