Sometimes I get these moments of brilliance. Like I wonder why I thought of something so amazing and witty. These moments are always during a run. I can’t explain why a flicker of utter brilliance is impossible all of the other parts of my day, but it makes my run that much more amazing. Instead of just setting out for a run, I get to go off into the unknown, just hoping that today something great happens. I think running is an activity that empties the mind of everything unnecessary. When you run, you can think about nothing, about everything, or you can think about your passions. My run this morning was partly on the road by my house and partly on the trails behind my house. My brothers rave about the trails and think I’m nuts for liking the pavement trail 15 minutes away, but here is what I’ve found: trail running consists of me thinking about nothing but where I put my feet. On a trail I can’t think about nothing, everything, or my passions. The trail limits my mind to thinking about a dirt road. I’m not saying people shouldn’t run on trails, but I am saying that I don’t get the feeling of excitement and think, “I could change the world today. My run could result in a flash of brilliance that results in growth, change, and passion.”
I’m weird, I know, but running can be so much more than running. It is therapy, a quiet time to think, social, and anything else that you want it to be. Each run is your, so make it brilliant.