Spring is almost here! Officially, spring begins at 12:57 P.M. TODAY and I can hear runners all around the country breathe a collective sigh of relief. AAAAAAAAHHHH.
It’s been a challenging winter, a season when even the most determined road-runners found themselves taking a turn or two on the treadmills.
For those runners who had winter races and early spring races scheduled, they did what they had to by donning layers and scarves and doubling up the hats and get on the road to keep running. But it’s been the kind of winter when runners put their gear on and went outside to run and realized they couldn’t run over piles of snow on unplowed streets or decided the icy streets were just too treacherous and they rather be safe than sorry, and they just turned around and went back inside to grind out the miles on the treadmill or run in place in their living rooms or run up and down the stairs just to get that heart rate up. It was a winter when even those runners who had sworn off gyms found themselves at their local Planet Fitness, thanking God for treadmills and watching entire seasons of their favorite shows on Netflix while they prayed for the winter to end.
At first we called it cool names like Polar Vortex, Winter-apocalypse and we posed for winter selfies with all the piles of snow we could find.
We tested out fancy cameras by taking pictures of snowflakes, we made snowmen, we used whatever we could to go sledding down the hills in the park. But after a while, the winter excitement wore out and we begged for it to be over, believing, somehow that hashtagging it and trending our dismay on social media would make winter disappear. But even the #EndWinterNow hashtag, that ran it’s course on Twitter and Instagram and on Live with Kelly and Michael’s (my fav morning show), was to no avail and no matter how frustrated we felt with wearing the heavy coat and boots day after day after day, no matter how we cried and scowled, regardless of how many times we declared that we had given up or said that we were done with winter and we can’t handle it anymore, we kept just having to endure.
But then we woke up today. And it’s not warm. Right now, it’s 43 degrees outside. BUT there are robins singing outside my window. I’ve seen the robins for a couple weeks now and they say robins are harbingers of spring, that when the robins appear, winter is almost over and so when I first saw them, I smiled and prepared my mind to receive the blessing of warmer weather. And today, that promise is being fulfilled. And I’m Happy! Can’t wait! Planning my spring events. Planning my spring run. Planning to run a half-marathon. Planning some biking, some hiking. Planning to go outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Plans that were born months ago when all I could do was look at old pictures and remember the days it used to be warm, plans that are now becoming real.
I feel like singing Olaf’s Summer song from the movie, Frozen.
Summer is still a long way away and I don’t want to rush the passage of time because I am so happy to be welcoming spring TODAY! Spring, what took you so long?
But Ecclesiastes 3 says:
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted”
Today is that day, the day where winter dies and spring is born. TODAY is the beginning of a brand new season in our lives.
Happy Spring to all of you. Go out and enjoy it. And whatever you do, RunWright!