Love and…

“Okay, I know that there are terrible, terrible people out there, but listen… I also know that there are people who stop and smile at tiny plants growing out of sidewalk cracks, people who laugh so loud they snort, people who compliment others randomly, people who take pictures of their friends because they love seeing…

It all matters

“Your impact on the world is significant whether or not you are aware of it, and even whether or not you desire it.” – Gary Zukav I spotted this little heart with just a mile and a half left to go in my long run today, and it was just the boost I needed to…

Snowy Saturday

My first snowy run of the season. A little slushy and sloppy, but not bad at all. And of course I had to look for faces. This one cracked me up because it looked like a grumpy cartoon. And this one seemed to be the result of a dog slipping, which made the expression appropriate.

Icy Humor

“It’s your outlook on life that counts. If you take yourself lightly and don’t take yourself seriously, pretty soon you can find the humor in our everyday lives. And sometimes it can be a lifesaver.” – Betty White Today I went for a frigid run – shy of 20 degrees – and it was a…

Turkey Trotting

Day 11 of the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge: A happy memory. Answer: Last Thursday. Thanksgiving, obviously, but beyond that, I got to participate in an in-person race with my older son — our first together since 2018. Which, of course, leads to countless other happy memories of races with both of my kids and others in…

Making the most of it

Welp. While we gained an hour of sleep, the sun is setting super early — and now I’m officially running in the dark. Gone are the glorious autumn scenes like the one above, replaced instead by a few feet of sidewalk illuminated by my flashlight. Usually this is a tough transition for me. As a…

At-a-glance

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” – Henry David Thoreau During this morning’s (struggle) long run, I noticed a man along my route who gave me a bit to think about. As I plodded along (hot, grumpy, uncomfortable), I glanced over and took in the most idyllic scene. A…

Inside

“Maybe the desire to make something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us.” – Mary Oliver I cannot love that quote more – and I absolutely agree with it. I also believe that the desire to see something beautiful is the piece of God that is inside each of us….

Scenes from a Sunday Run

My Sunday long run was on Grant’s Trail, a route I haven’t taken since last fall. Some random observations: 1.)  This sign made me laugh out loud because it reminded me of a pain scale in an emergency room. Which is entirely appropriate when you’re in the middle of a tough run. 2.) I also…

Distance and Presence

“Presence is more than just being there.” – Malcolm Forbes The past several months have been challenging for everyone in a myriad of ways — work, kids, isolation, basic safety, etc. While I’ve adjusted well to the remote work environment and have had the unexpected blessing of my children’s company at different times over the…

Magic

He said, “Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” – Roald Dahl Even with limited hours of daylight, running continues to give me some special little sightings. With gray…

Life Lately on the Run

“Merely looking at the world around is is immensely different from seeing it.” – Frederick Franck Daylight savings is making “seeing things” a bit of a challenge lately. But not impossible. A few fun things: A leaf that could double as a doormat… Ice melt + leaf = love… Okay, WHO takes a bite out…

Found

During tonight’s run, I thought I noticed a book to the side of the trail. So I strayed off the path briefly to take a look, hoping it would yield something fun. At first it appeared to be a worn out, water-stained blank notebook. But then I flipped it open to the lone page with…