As a runner, I pound out a lot of miles on the trails, which gives me time to reflect on the day or on what’s ahead for me. I enjoy the time to myself and find that there’s rarely a problem that can’t be solved with a good run. I’ve planned trips, written my resignation letter (which still needs to be sent), made promises to myself (I will stretch when I get home), and of course, have also thought about missed opportunities. Even with headphones and the music blaring, running can still be very meditative and helps to clear and focus my mind. It provides a calmness and empowerment that only running can provide.
As of late, the idea of starting a blog has been a dominant theme on many of my longs runs. It’s taken me a long time to identify its purpose and what will hopefully differentiate it from all the other fine blogs out there. However, the negative thoughts and uncertainty still pour in—why would anyone want to read my blog? What do I have to say that matters? How could I inspire others? Then I came across a quote by Howard Thurman that continues to propel me forward: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
Running makes me come alive. Although my blog will explore other topics, including adventure travel and sustainability, the heart and soul of it will be about running and how through running, we can build a better world (see my Small Change initiative).
Admittedly, on many of my runs my thoughts drift to the mundane and my main concern tends to be “what’s for dinner?” What do you think about when running? Where do your runs take you?