warning: there are a few preliminary explanations before we get to the meat of the story.
i first must explain the reasons why i run. i also should mention i have in my repertoire an amazing ability to outline. i would like to give credit to the tag program, during my 3rd grade year, to know the ins/outs/theory of outlining down the whens, wheres, and why of a hyphen. and it seems the most fitting (by fitting i mean: efficient-i’m all about efficiency) structure for explanation. (i’ll even break my commitment to all lowercase letters)
Why I Run
(in order from most superficial to least)
I. To Get Tan- Yes I am serious
A. I get bored laying out
B. I can count it as a workout
C. Occasionally I even add oil on my legs, so I don’t get only shoulder tan.
II. For Sport
A. Competition (my core could be made of this)
1. To have 3 sport patches on my letterman’s jacket at my sophomore year
a. Usually a form of punishment- coaches make you
b. I just wanted to cross the lines first
a. wherever you want
b. whenever you want
c. as long as you want
A. For my life- I haven’t experienced this yet
B. From the law
1. Only once
2. I can’t go into more detail here
IV. It is FREEING
A. A place I rarely reach
B. Even when I try
C. I like to close my eyes at this stage- usually I get too scared to actually do it
ok, so this is where the story picks up, at roman numeral four. the other day i was at stage four (as i’ll refer to it from now on.) i went to glendoveer to go on a run, i’ve had a crazy schedule and was missing my morning workouts so thought of running (stage II. B. 2.) i like glendoveer for a few reasons… 1. it is about 2 miles which is the perfect distance for a jog that i will have to go all the way around instead of cheating. and makes really great increments if i choose to go another lap. 2. it’s nicer to look at than the street. 3. it’s not too scary, there are always golfers around.
and to give you an idea of my state of mind, i need you to play this video. i’ve been listening to amos lee’s mission bell and this song was on my playlist:
did you really press play??? humor me.. let it load a bit, then move forward.
ok, now the real story begins. so there i am enjoying glendoveer (and their use of signs. first, i followed the parking lot one, that tells joggers not to go past a certain point, it is ringside parking only.) next i stretch and then i turn on mission bell. i realize i am at stage 4. i get through the first song, then the one you’re listening to (you better be) came on. and now i’m at IV. C. where i want to close my eyes.
i noticed in the parking lot there were barely any cars (only nice ones-which i think means they’re golfers-not runners) so no one would notice me running, eyes closed and judge me.
because this was one of my first runs in a while, i decided to go for it. let go of my fears of running into something, and i was on a wide path, mostly straight.
i should also tell you, how nice it smells.
it’s raining. but light rain. and warm rain. it’s perfect.
i’m surrounded by trees and it smells so spring like. it smells like i am in the middle of no where and just woke up, unzipped my tent and stepped out onto a wildernessy camp ground, with the essence of dew.
are you there? can you imagine it?
close your eyes for a second and take it all in…
i’m running with eyes closed, then one eye closed just to peek, then both again closed, assured this is exactly how this moment was intended to be. and then, it happened so fast. i ate it. i ate mud. i somehow slipped and found myself on my rear end. i opened my eyes. as i was picking myself up, i noticed another nice sign: “joggers, be cautious. with the recent rain, the ground is wet and slippery.” indeed. thanks glendoveer. for your too late warning and for your irony. next time please put a sign on the beginning of my path that says, dear stage four runners, don’t close your eyes.
enjoy the rest of the song!