The recent run of cold, snowy and icy weather forced many of us, including myself, inside to train on a treadmill. Some people enjoy running on a treadmill. I have a friend who reads books while running on a treadmill. I can't focus that well, and I can only stare at the wall for so long. Even in the gym where there are televisions, it's not the same as running outside. It's like the saying goes, "Unless you're the lead dog, the view never changes."
We met this week at the new Millrace extension to the Clearwater trail. We've been running Clearwater for a couple years and it was nice to see some different scenery. Some of the new trail passes behind the Seneca Mill and there is a noisy mill on one side, but on the other side are open fields and the millrace. We saw many birds and even some deer. When there is so much beauty, things to see to keep your mind occupied, it seems like the miles go by faster.
One of my most memorable runs took place at about 1 am during the Epic Relay from Portland to Eugene. My relay leg was somewhere between Silverton and Lebanon on a dark country road. During my run there was a lunar eclipse. Because we were so far removed from the city lights it was crystal clear and breathtaking.
Running outside often reminds me of what David wrote in Psalm 8:3-9 "When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you set in place—what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority—the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!"
When we stop to marvel at the beauty of creation it is truly awesome. But perhaps what is more amazing is that it's so easy to become numb or blind to the majesty around us. The weather is forecast to be much warmer with lots of sun this week. Take advantage and train outside. And when you do, don't miss the beauty of creation all around. It is truly majestic!
If you would like to join us for a run or walk this week, we will have three training days, ALL outside. We will meet again this week at the new Millrace extension to the Clearwater trail. It's on the corner of 32nd street and Jasper road, between Agnus Steward school and Douglas Gardens school. On Wednesday we will meet at noon, on Saturday we will meet at 9 am and on Sunday we will meet at 3 pm. I hope to see you out there.