This run was different. I ran the loop without checking my watch, running at whatever pace I wanted, not beating myself up for slowing down to walk while I got a drink (I still haven't figured out how to drink something while running without getting most of it in my nose). It was nice to not be pushing myself to the point that I was hating what I was doing. Instead I ran and enjoyed it. I ran and took in the scenery and the sounds. The lake was beautiful and glassy as the sun was setting. I saw deer, ducks and cranes (the bird kind and the construction kind).
My run reminded me of the line from Olympic runner Eric Liddell in the movie Chariot's of Fire:
I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.It was a cool time to think, reflect and enjoy. Most of the time when I'm running so hard that I can barely breathe I don't do much of any of those