When running, just like riding over a long period of time, your mind can take over the physical actions of your legs and before you know it you're lost in a thought. This is one of my favorite things about running. I had to run for 3 and a half hours Sunday. Most of the run was done with the group. And during the run, conversation was kept alive with funny stories of adult men jumping off of roofs into swimming pools. Then the group broke off and began to mountain bike leaving just me and Bubba to finish up. I think we were both getting tired and for the last 30 minutes things stayed pretty quiet. It's amazing how clear a sound can be on a cold winter morning. Trains running on the track seem to rattle louder. The ground beneath your feet makes a recognizable sound which causes vibrations up your leg, threw your body, a sensation that can feel like pain sometimes, usually after about 12 miles. :) But when it's quiet all these things become clearer. And that's when the mind just kind of takes over and you can get lost in a thought. Sometimes being taken back to a time in your life that you really enjoyed or to place where you are trying to find resolution with something. It's a great place to be. Like I said it's one of the things I like best about running.
While I was out in the cold yesterday morning Scott took the kids to a farm in the area. Gracie loves horses. And the farm has a horse and pony. So off they went. Turns out the horses eat candy canes and we had extra from the holidays so while I was out pounding the frozen path the kids were feeding "Pony", the pony's name candy canes. It's a great feeling knowing your family is enjoying the morning in the same way you are. Even if we weren't together. When the kids got home Gracie told me I was with her even if I wasn't with her. "You know where you were mom?" she asked me. And then she pointed to her heart. I said, "That's funny Grace, cause you came with me this morning too, you were right there in my heart with me." Then we both giggled. Ah, life can be so good.