Happy Spring Forward Day!!
Yeah, turning the clocks ahead is kind of awful, but it signifies something wonderful. It tells us that spring is really coming. Even if it snows, ices, hails, even if it’s windy and cloudy and miserable, we know spring is just around the corner if we can only hang in there.
And that makes me think of one of favorite things about spring – the first spring run! How do we define this? I guess I think of my first spring run as the first run of the season that requires neither hat nor gloves nor jacket. If I can run in cropped leggings with a long-sleeved tech shirt, then it feels like we’ve turned a corner. Running without all the winter gear suddenly makes you feel so light on your feet! You feel like you’re flying without being weighed down by all that baggage!
Other signs of spring make me feel hopeful too. For example, seeing flowers starting to peek up through the dirt and buds on the trees – they remind us of how beautiful our surroundings once were and how beautiful they’ll be again this year! Sometimes in the dull gray of winter, it’s easy to forget what the summer world looks like, but the much-needed reminders automatically brighten my day.
Then, of course, there are the other runners! Of course, there are a select few who’ve been out hitting the streets all winter long. The loyal purists who didn’t retreat to the treadmill, they’ll always be there. But when spring comes, you can always tell by skyrocketing pedestrian traffic! Some of them are new runners who have been sedentary all winter and just needed an excuse to get outside on a pleasant day. Some of them are seasoned runners who just don’t prefer to run in the cold, and they’re returning to reclaim their little piece of the road. Either way, the camaraderie of feeling part of a community of runners enjoying their Sunday mornings can’t be beat!
And then there’s the evening running! Once the clocks have changed, the extra hour of daylight seems like an eternity! It feels like you’ve gained another whole day at the end of your day! It’s like you left work early! What will you do with all this extra time? Why not go for a little run? Even though I don’t profess to be an evening runner, when I do occasionally work up the energy to get out there for a later run, the satisfaction of having completed it is literally the most perfect way to end the day.
So enjoy turning the clock ahead for all the promise it brings with it… even if you are a little sleepy on Monday morning. That’ll go away eventually 🙂 Try coffee.