Saturday, March 30, 2013


Lately, everything calls for a celebration. Spring has arrived in Oregon, and the sunshine and flowers are welcome sights. I completed my taxes early (by myself!), and got a surprise refund. And most significantly, I said goodbye to a job I didn't love and get to move to a career that excites me. It's been a good week.

My running schedule has also hit a nice rhythm. Longer days have allowed me to switch to evening runs, which are much more relaxing. Through the winter, I woke up early and ran before work. This was the only way to run in any sunlight, but the strict deadline of having someplace to be by 9:00 a.m. often caused me to cut a run short. Evening runs, however, are free. My responsibilities have been completed, and I have nowhere else to be. I run as I want. The only deadline is the sunset, which is getting later by the day. 

Running in the evenings has reminded me why I loved running so much in the first place: it's fun. It's really fun, actually. Running gives me a reason to be outside, to embrace sunshine or rain, to eat better, to drink more water, to sleep when I'm tired, to wave hello to neighbors walking their dogs, to be motivated by runners who pass me, to set goals and meet them. Running makes my brain feel clear and my body feel cleansed. Running makes me feel alive. Running makes me happy.

And that's worth celebrating. 


  1. I love all of those things about running! The sunshine, the rain, the camaraderie in the running community, and smiling and waving to neighbors. The beginning of spring is truly an amazing time - everything seems to wake up and come to life. I just strained my hamstring. The timing couldn't be worse! I can't run right now, but I know resting this will pay off for some beautiful evening runs this summer...

  2. Sorry to hear you are hurt! Hopefully it's just a minor setback and you'll be back to marathoning in no time :)

  3. Congrats to you! Do you find filing taxes easy? I rely on my sister to do mine. She's a great accountant and my family trust her when we talk about tax and finance issues. Anyway, where did you spend your refund? Well, I bought a pair of running shoes and fitness clothing, and I put the rest on my savings.