I was repairing for my trail run last night I realized that I felt true happiness. There are days when the stress of life in general takes over and before you know it you don't remember anything exciting even happening the entire day. What happened that we would become so driven by task that we would forget to be happy?
Running clears my mind and often gives me this time to reflect on all my many blessings. I am loved and I am married to a man that supports who I am. He loves my two children as his very own and his strong arms are what holds us together when things get hard.
At 4:30am I wake to the sound of thunder. Now I love running in most any weather but lightening is another thing all together. By 6:45am I am making the call to my friend to confirm that we are NOT backing out. Rain is falling and we are on our way. The trails were perfect and the rain felt so amazing. No sun and no heat... PERFECT. I realize that as I am running with my friend that I have found something that most never find. I have happiness and running helps me see this clearly. We chat about our kids, husbands, and about our crazy dreams of one day running a 100 mile ultra and just like that... we are laughing and we are happy.
We finish after 4hr 15 minutes and celebrate with our ice cold Mountain Dews. We are wet and dirty but life is good.