This past Saturday morning I rolled out of the house just before 7am for a long run. Not because I am training, but purely because I felt like it and the roads here in upstate New York's Otsego County are beautiful. With rolling hills through state forests and endless farmland it makes me feel as if I could run forever. The only plan was to run out to Arnold Lake and back with my exact route determined at each turn.
Running solo through this landscape brings about a series of wonderful moments and thoughts.
I am out here alone,but feel so full of life and energized.
I often notice a smile on my face and goose bumps on my arms as I crest one hill after the other.
I am so lucky to be out here and with the full support of my family.
"Is this what freedom feels like? "
It was an amazing morning. After more than 4 hours and 25 miles, I thought "why not run around the block to make it 26.2 miles and complete the inaugural Oneonta Fat Ass Marathon"? 2010 was a great event and perhaps next year some friends will join me. If not that's OK too. I could run out here with my thoughts forever:)
"What makes you feel free?"