I took the above photo while running through Rock Creek Park earlier this week. (I enjoy documenting my runs this way.) The trail was fairly empty but there was an older man who was perched on the stone abutment at the end of the bridge above, catching his breath and enjoying the just-turning seasons. As I crouched to take the photo, he said, “Should I move? I’m sure you don’t want some old fat geezer in your picture.” I assured him he was out of frame, but we both laughed for a minute, awash in our self-awarenesses: me, awkwardly taking a photo of a bridge; him, self-deprecating. I don’t know what it is about running that makes me feel closer to life, closer to the essence of things, and my sometime interactions with other athletes and nature enthusiasts along the way nearly always cements this view. I always feel vulnerable, almost emotional, in these brief exchanges, as though moving with purpose through nature — at whatever speed — strips away the protective mantle we wear “in real life.”
Anyhow, there are many days where running feels like a chore, but I nearly always finish with a humbled heart.
On that note: the air is turning cool, and we are nearly upon my favorite running season. A few favorite fitness finds to usher in fall:
BROOKS RUNNING JACKET // NIKE EARWARMER // NEW BALANCE HOODIE // TRACKSMITH PLAID SHORTS // BEYOND YOGA TANK // NIKE HAT // ON RUNNING SHORTS // ALO TUBE SOCKS // ALIGNS // LONG-SLEEVE AMAZON TEE // HAIR TIES FOR RUNNING // HOKA RUNNING SHOES // ZELLA TANK
These and even more options below…
THESE ALIGNS IN COPPER OR OLIVE
MY FAVORITE $25 AMAZON LEGGINGS IN BLACK
BLACK SWOOSH NIKE HAT
LOVE THIS RUNNING TANK IN THE BURGUNDY FOR FALL (ON SALE!) — THE REFLECTIVE STRIP IS SO SMART
MY NEW RUNNING SHOES
BEST RUNNING GLOVES — $13 AND WORK WITH TOUCHSCREENS
MY GO-TO RUNNING POUCH — WATERPROOF, LIGHTWEIGHT, AND PERFECT SIZE FOR PHONE, KEYS, CARD
THE ABSOLUTE BEST RUNNING SOCKS — STAY IN PLACE, CONTOUR TO FOOT, AND HAVE A TINY BIT OF PADDING UNDERNEATH…LIKE A HUG FOR YOUR FOOT
APPARENTLY VERY SIMILAR TO LULU’S ALIGN MATERIAL, BUT ONLY $16 ON AMAZON
FUN PRINTED LEGGINGS
LOVE THESE BIKE SHORTS IN BLUE
P.S. On running, or taking up any time or hobby just for yourself.
P.P.P.S. On letting the time tick by.