“Whether it’s 10 miles or one, you will never regret lacing up those running shoes and going outside.”

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Seen on a run

Ah, how I love to run outside. The first spring-like day always feels like Christmas morning. After the long winter months of trudging on the treadmill, I get to run outdoors! The crisp air, the chirping birds, the fragrant flowers… it’s all a heavenly mix for the senses.

Each season, I have a favorite spot to run past. During spring, one of my usual routes passes by some big, beautiful lilac bushes. Their gorgeous, delicate aroma fills the air, and I often choose that particular route just to smell their blooms.  

The photo above is my favorite place to run by during the summer. I usually stop to simply admire the spot’s beauty. Near sunset, the light glimmering on the lake is breathtaking. I could drink in the view for hours.

In fall, there’s a house I run past whose owners often burn leaves in the backyard. The invigorating, crisp smell of the wood smoke makes me think of apple cider, hot chocolate, and roasting marshmallows over a campfire. I always breathe in deeply when I pass the house and savor its smells.

I think one of the best parts about running is the chance to see, smell, and listen to nature. There is so much beauty in this world. Taking a moment to appreciate it during a run is often the best part of my day.

2 thoughts on ““Whether it’s 10 miles or one, you will never regret lacing up those running shoes and going outside.””

  1. Congratulations on completing your marathons. I have done 3 marathons The Orange Bowl in Miami & 2 London Marathons. I am now retired and live in Spain. I still enjoy running and try to get out into the forest at the back of our house 2 twice a week, and race (well try) in 2 events a year in our village. I have been running on and off since I was 12 (I am now 64) and do not run on treadmills, luckily the weather here in Spain is great for running outdoors.

    1. Thank you! And congratulations on your three marathons as well! Spain sounds like a beautiful place to live. You are lucky to be able to avoid the treadmill during the winter months. 🙂 Keep up the great work! You’re an inspiration.

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