Last night was my first night running back on my school year running route. It was not lost on me that I was returning to a place where I have logged countless hours. There were a few changes: a few less tree limbs after the hurricane, a few more paths entering and exiting the main path, a little more landscaping. I am sure I missed a few of the changes, but I will be back on the Boulevard three nights a week until the time change for daylight savings. Then I switch over to a parallel city street that is better lit and a little safer for the dark nights that are ahead. For now I am grateful for every evening run in shorts and a t-shirt.
I feel like I really started running regularly again around this time last year. So it seems fitting to reflect and anticipate what is coming. I am looking forward to settling into my fall routine. I have almost cleared all of the hurdles that I was dreading so much a few weeks ago. The kids are back in school, my sister-in-law is married in Seattle, and my work task in New Hampshire has happened. Now it is time to enjoy the continuity a routine can bring.
So here is to all of our new routines: I raise my running water bottle to all of us who make/find time in our day to get out there and run. May our mental stability and waistlines benefit from our efforts!