I am a new runner. I haven't really ran a mile since 7th or 8th grade. I am trying something new and out of my comfort zone. My friends have somehow gotten me out the house on Mondays to run two miles. When I say two miles I really mean I run as much as I can and walk some in between. My goal has been to get the first mile without stopping. I missed the last two weeks of running because I was out of town. We went to Washington and visited family and friends. One brisk morning I got myself out of the house and decided to run alone. I put on my IPOD and went out the door. Crunch crunch....oh yeah...gravel roads. Out on the farm there are no sidewalks. I loved the rhythem and the crunch, crunch, crunch. I took a deep breath. Oh yeah....no cars driving by so just fresh air to breath in. Crunch crunch. I looked to my left and saw the sun just hitting the tips of the mountains. crunch crunch. I will run until I make it to that hay stack. Crunch Crunch. Hey I made it there....I think I'll keep going until I reach the next house. Crunch crunch. I look to my right and see a thick cloud in the distance. The sun is streaming down though the cloud. Wow....I would have missed this if I had stayed inside. Crunch Crunch. I made it to the house and can see where the mile mark is...I think I'll just keep running and see if I can make it all the way to the mile. Crunch crunch. I pass a small pasture with a horse in it. Now on my right a farmer is just climbing into his tractor. I wonder what he is doing today. Did he notice the sun streaming through the cloud or the way the air smells. It rained last night and there is a clean, fresh smell in the air. I breath in again and can almost smell the potato dirt smell that reminds me of Neil. Crunch Crunch...I'm almost at the mile mark...why does the last 1/8th have to be uphill? I won't let that hill stop me though. I make it....I walk for maybe 20 feet then think...let's run back now...so I do. I only stop one more time, cause that horse is calling my name. A farmer drives past and gives a little wave. Crunch crunch crunch. I am almost back to the house and it makes me a little sad. I don't get to run this again. No more crunch under my feet. 2 miles. It wasn't that bad this cold morning. I almost enjoyed it! And when I got to the top of that hill I felt like Rocky! I wanted to raise my hands in the air and dance around, but I didn't....I had another mile to go! Tomorrow I will go alone again. I didn't think I would like running alone, but I didn't mind it. It wasn't as fun as chatting with my friends, but instead gave me a little more time to think. We'll see if on tomorrow's run I can repeat my mile without stopping....if so I might try to go even farther!
Europe Part 4 - Paris
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