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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!
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    Oh my gosh...I love this! I love the way you think!

    This reminds me of a run a couple weeks ago and the roads were COVERED with worms. It reminded me of some kind of horror movie it was so bad! Your analogy is much more pleasant! haha! (What freaked me out most was trying not to step on them. It really was that bad!)

    Thanks for the smile and the inspiration, my sparkfriend!

    Have a wonderful Mother's Day!
    1807 days ago

    Just like those worms!
    1808 days ago
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