Training Like a Jedi
Clear your mind of questions and just run. That's what I keep telling myself. Forget the pain, ignore that itch you can't reach down the middle of your back, it doesn't matter how dark or cold it is - just run.
That's how Jedi runners train, right?
As I was running today I saw a deer. Nothing unusual in these parts, but today's run in was a little different. I was trying so hard to be in the zone, to block out all the interference that I saw it but I didn't see it. Coming up and over this hill in my car I am always looking for people, pets and deer. It's pretty steep and the blind spot is huge. When I'm running I never think to look for anything but cars, and since I didn't see or hear one - I picked up the pace and starting to come down the hill pretty fast. That's when I noticed the deer family.
They all left as soon as they saw me except for this one. We both stopped moving. Our eyes locked. I smiled and rushed to take a photo while it stood there wondering if it should stay or go. This moment lasted about 20 seconds although it felt like 5 minutes.
And it was in that moment that I realized I have been failing to see quite a few things that surround me. Sometimes by choice. Maybe it's ok to take a step back every now and again and assess the entire picture instead of focusing so hard that my focus is narrow.
Eventually the deer left and I kept running. I ran a little slower, I scratched my back and I paid a lot more attention to the pain in my knee. It was a great run.