Happy Easter! As Easter day comes to a close with thunderstorms, I’ll add a quick note about my trail run today. It was a glorious day. My morning began by celebrating the day through a beautiful church service complete with the choir singing the Hallelujah Chorus. Then I relaxed a bit at home and talked to my family. I was feeling a little bummed about not going home for the holiday, so I decided to then do what cheers me up most–go for a run!
I had not gone for a really good run for quite some time so I hit the trails. It was a warm day in the 80’s and it felt quite freeing to be running in shorts and a tank top. The trail was packed with people–not so many running, but more of people relaxing and enjoying the company of friends and family. The smells of a barbecue left me with a craving and I was tempted to go make some new friends. Some guys were playing football in a grassy field. Parents were relaxing along the stream’s edge while their children were wading in the water. As I was huffing and puffing my way along already feeling like I had lost my base mileage point, I began thinking that I really need to take time out to “smell the roses” and not always fill my days with things that need to get done. There will always be things to do, but it’s the days that you take time to enjoy life’s amusements that will be remembered most. I didn’t bring a watch with me or worry about how far I ran or how fast, but I made sure to enjoy each step of the trail and thank God for blessing me with the ability to do so.