Today was pretty cool. It was a rest day which is always good and bad. Good because I get to sleep in, be lazy, and stay horizontal for quite a bit longer than normal. But rest days also always make me feel a bit off, because I’m so used to being outside all day long moving around, and when I don’t get that, or have the mileage goal for the day, I get to feeling sort of purposeless. But today I went to visit the local school and talk to the kids, so that was pretty cool and a nice boost of inspiration : )
The kids were awesome. It is always interesting to hear what they have to ask, and I have to say that this group was exceptional in the quality of their questions. They asked what my parents thought about the run, if I ever got scared on the road, how I trained for it, why I chose the Boys and Girls Clubs and what the Club does. They don’t have one here and during the talk, the City Manager (who happened to be at the school today) stood up and asked how many kids wished there was a club in their town. Everyone’s hands went up. He went on to suggest that they talk to their teachers, parents, coaches, and lay out the reasons why they want and need a youth center in their town. I was really impressed with what he had to say and how enthusiastically the students responded. Like he said, it all starts with a conversation. If you want to do something, you just gotta get the idea out there, start talking to people about it, and your path will start to unwind from there.
Now I am just stretching and getting ready to start the week again. Felt a bit sick today but I took a few Zicam and I think it helped. I just had a delicious Texas style dinner and wonderful dinner-table conversation with the Wallace’s (my hosts in Haskell) that much reminded me of my own family. Lively, loud, funny, full of smiles. I’m so lucky to meet so many kind people!