Running isn't my most favorite activity. Actually, I can think of about a hundred different things I would rather be doing, like organizing my sock drawer for instance. But there are times when no other workout will suffice other than the time tested sneaker to pavement, heel toe express. One of those times happens to be when you're driving across the US of A & make a stop at the Grand Canyon. Which is where I recently found myself.
You can search the internet for articles about running & what people recommend to stay motivated. You'll find a series of paragraphs about listening to your favorite music or wearing workout clothes that you feel great in, etc. However, sometimes it all just ends up becoming too much foreplay and what you really need, is to get like Nike & just do it.
Forget all the fluff, leave your iphone & your ipod at home, head out your front door & just take in the views. Especially if that's something that you aren't used to & the action alone will put you a little bit outside of your comfort zone. It's not that I don't run, I do, but it's almost never a pastime I partake in without my favorite gangster rap flowing through my headphones.
So, without further adieu, what this post is really about is trying to master one of the most difficult tasks we all face. Being present in the moment & getting lost in our luck. Life takes over, to-do lists get in the way more often than not & we tend to forget to hit the pause button & take it all in. As I ran a few miles on the trail around the Southern rim on the canyon, sans music, sans distractions, I connected with the beauty of my surroundings and how lucky I am despite the challenges I face, just to breath in the crisp cool air and have both of my feet touch the ground. I get that it isn't often you're at the Grand Canyon but I guarantee there is cause to be grateful in more ways than one right outside of your home. Take time for you & find yourself inhaling all that you may have been taking for granted and exhale whatever has been weighing you down.