Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Enjoying the Run and Way to Go Wednesday

I don't know what's going on with our weather this summer, but we're possibly hitting more record lows and record low highs again this week. After the crazy Polar Vortex, we quickly warmed up with heat indices around 105-109 over the weekend. See, that's the summer we're used to and enjoy complaining about. The upside was that the pool warmed back up, the downside was that it made for some tough weekend running.

But apparently we've got another cool blast moving in and moving the humidity out. This morning the humidity was only about 70% and temps at 66 degrees. Hello amazing! I will admit that I was dragging a bit at the start of the run, but then I saw the sun starting to come up and the sky was spectacular. Sometimes you just need something beautiful to help get you motivated.

The picture really does not do the sunrise the justice it deserves. But I didn't hesitate to stop and enjoy the views for a minute. Just simply breathe and soak it all in. There was a time when I pretty much refused to stop during a run no matter how hard it was, no matter what the scenery was.

I have changed my ways though. To me, part of the beauty of running is taking the time to be fully alive and present. And sometimes that means stopping to truly enjoy it. I'm good with that. Inspired by the views and energized by the improved weather, I enjoyed 6.7 miles and didn't even stress about not rounding that number out to 7 ;-) I'm giving myself a Way to Go for that!

And that brings me to my Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs. I haven't done these in ages. I thought today would be a perfect day for bringing it back and sharing some love.

Christine (Love Life Surf) - Embraced the hills and PR'd at the San Francisco Half Marathon.

Brian (Pavement Runner) - Not only did this crazy inspiring guy run the San Francisco Full Marathon, he did it twice ... back-to-back. That's 52.4 miles. WHAT?

Kristin (Stuft Mama) - This sweet lady also ran the San Francisco Full Marathon. Such an inspiration.

Laura (Mommy Run Fast) - Well, this lady really deserves a huge shout out as she just had a baby! Congrats Mama!

Heather (FitAspire) - This lady just finished her second bikini competition - World Beauty Fitness & Fashion Denver.

Jennifer (Running with the Girls) - Jennifer just completed the Tri for a Cure Relay doing the running portion of the race.

Your turn - who do you want to give a shout out to? And for the runners, do you stop and take time to really enjoy the moment?