It was pouring when I left work. The temperature was balmy, not fall like at all. There goes my run I thought. I threw on my work out clothes anyway with a new plan to go to the gym. I dropped Carlos off at preschool and thought I was going to the gym but my car had other plans. I suddenly took a left turn instead of a right turn. The rain had died down to a drizzle. Within a mile it had all but stopped. I knew exactly where I was going.
I walked about a quarter mile to the trail. The air was warm. The sky was cloudy, but the only drops were from the wet leaves of the trees overhead. I set my water bottle down under a tree and turned on my tunes. I set off for a 3 mile run around a beautiful local reservoir, not my usual running spot, another closer to home. It was a great run from the start. My pace was good, my breathing was even and I was in awe of the beautiful colors around me. While most of the leaves have dropped to the ground they provided a soft colorful carpet on which to run.
As I rounded the back side of the reservoir a stunning streak of sun light emerged over the center of the water peeking out between the clouds. The water sparkled. Ducks floated by peacefully skimming the water. And then I noticed something I had never seen before because the leaves were always too thick on the trees, but now amidst the bare branches I catch site of a rushing waterfall cascading down the mountain.
Before I even reach my water bottle I know that I am going to run a second loop around the reservoir. I felt great despite having worked all night. I was energized by this seemingly new reservoir I had discovered. I had been here many times before but it was as if it transformed into an entirely different place with the progression of fall. On the second loop around, I take extra time to appreciate the natural beauty of the landscape I am so lucky to be able to enjoy.
I finished 6 miles in approximately one hour five minutes. It was a glorious run. I walked back to the car bathed in sun light. The clouds were gone and the rain a thing of the past for this day.