I’ve started running outdoors again for the first time in about a year. I tried to run through pregnancy, but my body had different ideas.
Now, a little over three months postpartum, I’m gradually getting back into the swing of things.
Last week I logged 15 miles plus a long walk with my neighbor. Of those hours spent outside, breathing hard, sweating, and pushing BOB (our jogging stroller) and Small Shaw along roads, sidewalks, and farm trails, one thought was prominent in my mind:
I love seeing the world on foot.
I’ve run, walked, and hiked in a whole lot of amazing places: Taiwan, Colorado, the Grand Canyon, Utah, California, Washington DC…the list goes on and on. And the thing that I think I love the most about it is that you see things differently on foot than you do in a car or from a tourist lookout point.
I’ve seen wildlife, flowers, and trees up close. I’ve noticed textures and patterns in the world around me that — had I been driving — would have zoomed past me, unnoticed.
Running is a hobby for more reasons than one, but the one that stands out to me the most right now is that by making a habit of getting outside, on foot, several days each week, I’m living my life a little more fully because I’m seeing the world in a little more detail.