I know I have mentioned before just how shocked I have been at how expensive the seemingly simple sport of running is, but I must say, it is cheaper than many alternatives! I was reminded last week just how much I have come to depend on being able to run, not just for health benefits, but also for sanity. Here in North Texas we were hit with a massive winter storm. There was ice and snow for 4 days straight. The schools were closed and many were stuck inside. And we didn't get to run for over a week! Along with that Winter Storm, our family was also hit with a "storm of life". I was reminded all to well of recent events and hurtful times, but was also quick to realize just how fully capable I was of weathering this storm. I had been there before, the surroundings were all too familiar, yet somehow I was able to find peace. The storm hasn't passed, and may continue to bring other torrents and winds behind it but I know I am on solid ground.
Last night it was such a relief to be reunited with my fellow runners and just simply run the stress away after having being stuck inside for days on end. There truly is a lot to be said for the way a good run and good company just clears the mind of all clouds. And there's even more to be said for the sanity and overall feeling of accomplishment when you have hit the pavement.
Run towards happiness my fellow storm chasers!