Night Crawlers on Parade
Thursday, May 09, 2013
We've been on a rain delay from planting lately...grrr, but that's a whole different blog post. The good news about a rain delay is that I get more running time in, and lately my running partners have been night crawlers (aka worms). Oddly enough, I love the smell of them after a hard rain--it reminds me of picking them up with grandma and my little brother to sell to the grocery store for 25 cents a dozen. We'd get dozens and dozens and dozens. The proceeds would go toward ice cream bars and hoho's. :)
This morning, I couldn't help but admire all of the energy the worms put into just getting from point A to B. I've been having some off runs lately (I think I'm overtraining), so it just feels like I can't go fast enough. Watching the fragile worms cross the road inches at a time was refreshing and put my running into perspective. It's not really about a pace, medals, etc. It's getting from point A to B safely and with some enjoyment.
Some of the worms had gravel caked all on the outside, but they were still making progress. It's a good analogy for how I've been feeling lately: caked with gravel but still going. I know in the end, it will be all worth it and I'll have ran my half marathon and be proud of my time, no matter what it is; however, I need to remember that somedays are just going to be gravel caked and get over it! I guess I need to slow down and stop to smell the worms!