Few things make me smile more than that first sunny, no-headband-required run in late winter, when it reaches 50 degrees and everyone giddily takes advantage of the almost-spring weather. Yesterday was one of those. I ran 8.5 miles along Lake Michigan, grinning at every fellow runner I passed.
Halfway into my run, I wandered down to the shore and discovered a great two-part hill for repeats. Down…
…and down I went.
I wasn’t the only one admiring the blue view, but I was the only one who ventured farther out from one melting snow chunk to another. Reckless, maybe, but it was hard to resist the glittering masses, gaping with holes where water rushed through.
When I’m training, I’m often so focused on the workout at hand that I refuse to stop or head too far off-path. Especially on a weekday. It’s refreshing to slow down from time to time for a closer look at my surroundings. After all, every run should be a bit of an adventure.
YOUR TURN: What running adventures have you been on lately? How do you take advantage of warm February days?