If yesterday was a miserably long day, today was like a slice of heaven. It’s incredible how different the run can go each day, how your mood and energy can fluctuate, and how external factors affect this. I think that yesterday was so difficult mostly because of the unrelenting wind and all the construction that I had to walk around. That made the run quite tedious. Until today I don’t think I’ve had one day in Texas (or really since Ruidoso, NM) where the wind hasn’t blown. And the crazy part is, yesterday’s forecast said it was going to be “breezy”. Breezy! 40 mph winds! Is that like when we forecast snow flurries in Maine and then acumulate 8 inches of fresh powder?
Anyway, today I literally felt like I was running through a Disney movie. Everything is so green. I don’t know if it seems even greener after so much time in the dry and dusty Southwest, but the whole landscape is a dream to look at. Rolling green hills, trees getting their leaves, and my favorite flowers- lilacs- around every corner. As butterflies floated around me and birds chirped at my side today, the only thought I had was that I was in a Disney movie where all the colors and sounds of nature are so exaggerated. So beautiful.
Despite getting lost in Greenville for a good hour this morning, I really loved this town. It reminded me a bit of Richmond, as well as Charleston, SC, my finish point. The houses were beautiful, the downtown picturesque and the people friendly. I made the front page of the paper this morning and went and got some copies to send home to my parents- it’s the first time I’ve still been in the town when the newspaper runs the story, so that was pretty neat.
While I was running I got numerous beeps and people pulling over to tell me they had seen the paper and wanted to wish me good luck. A couple people got out to talk to me and give me donations- that was really cool. Midway through the run, the newspaper from my stop tonight called and mentioned that there was a BGClub in nearby Sulfur Springs, and would I be interested in visiting them if they could coordinate transportation? 2 hours later I had finished my 28 miles for the day and was on my way to the Club! I was met by a very enthusiastic group of kids with arms full of Gatorade and water for me. After talking to them we raced and they all beat me, as usual. And they never cut me any slack! ; )
Now I am retiring into bed at John’s Creek Lodge in Klondike, TX. I’ve been treated to two hotel nights in a row, I’m getting spoiled!
side note: Last summer, as I planned my route, I discovered the small town of Commerce, TX on the map. “Commerce, TX” is the name of one of my favorite songs, recorded by Ben Kweller. Instantly intrigued, I decided I just had to run through Commerce. I remember where I was when I made that decision, I remember what I was doing and what my training run had been like that day. I recall it all with an overwhelming clarity. It feels like so many moons ago. Today, I ran through Commerce. As I passed under the sign and looked back at the road stretching out behind me, all I could think about was how quickly the time goes by. It flies.