Happy Earth Day everyone! I didn’t even know it was earth day until I saw it on Google. They have a great video on Dr. Jane Goodall. I can’t think of a better representative for Earth Day then Jane Goodall. I love all the work she’s done with primates and her overall sentiment that the earth is something to love, cherish and pass on to our youth. If you would like to know more about Jane go to this link: http://www.janegoodall.org/
There are a lot of “days” out there to be celebrated and I imagine for most people some of this stuff is just a waste of time and money. Maybe so in some cases, but I think earth day is a great day to reflect on how we live in our environment now and what can we do to improve and consume less. At least I do. This weekend’s weather was true spring weather in Alexandria. Blue skies, a little nip in the morning with it heating up later.
As I ran my longer run this weekend I took in the beauty of the trees, river, blue bonnets, and even the dandelions. Birds are singing and squirrels are running about the woods. People moving freely and enjoying the warmer weather, just being. I know what you’re thinking…oh brother, so it was a nice day, so what? Well, I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’ve been in places, countries if you will where it wasn’t such a nice day. Actually, it was quite the opposite. Despair, anger, death and hopelessness. I think often about my time in Somalia and it’s sad to know that there are places and people in this world who can’t go out and let the beauty of the world wash over them, even if it’s just for an hour. These are the things I sometimes think about trying to log these miles. Thoughts that I will always carry with me until the end I guess. If I were Queen for a day I would change these things if I could. So, out of all the days Earth Day is a bit of an enigma. It’s fun to talk about, but harder to walk the walk. As I age I always think, hmmm, do I really need that or turn off the lights, recycle, conserve water. I ask myself how much is enough. It’s hard because no one wants to be uncomfortable, including me. I do try though in mind, spirit and action.
This week I picked up more mileage than the prior week. The plan was to cycle today but “bad kitty” (aka my bike) wasn’t having any part. Cleaned her off and started to air up the tires only to find a valve issue…again. I guess the trek across country was a little more damaging than I previously thought. This weeks business will be to find a cycle shop and take her in for some my need professional maintenance. I ran instead. Started the week off with a longer run, indoor cycling on Thursday and a longer run today of 3.5 miles. Slowly bringing the distance back up. I felt good today ~ pain is low and I ended up running 10:39. Not too shabby but the annoyance level was a little high because of the bike.
Total mileage came out to 17.63 this week. I’ve already passed March numbers and I’m not even in the hotter weather and have a week to go! I have 6030.71 miles graciously awaiting me. I hope this post finds you well enough to go outside, close your eyes and let the beauty of this earth wash over you. Happy Earth Day. Happy Miles to You!!
If I could change the world…I surly would.