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.