A few times a year, I have a run that happens at just the right time. There's the craziness with the baby coming and all the home improvement projects. There's a couple tough weeks at work. There's the first stress headache I've had in years. Then there's a run that makes it all go away.
The weather cooled off today, dipping into the mid-80s after a couple hot, humid weeks in the mid to upper 90s. When I stepped out of my car I realized I left my iPod behind and decided to leave it there. I needed and wanted to hear what was going on in the world around me, especially on the most beautiful stretch of the W&OD trail between Hamilton and Paeonian Springs. After a few minutes, the headache that followed me from the office disappeared and my mind completely blanked out. It was the first time in weeks that I had some peace and quiet. And it went by so fast. Before I knew it, I finished my planned five miles and headed home feeling like I could run five more.