Monday was an incredibly draining day for me this week. I felt overwhelmed by everything I had to do that day, needed to do this month, or wanted to do in the future. It was a hurricane of stress that I hadn’t had the opportunity to decompress.
I knew I needed to go run at some point to get a much needed stream of endorphins flowing. But then, that was not about to be easy. We have this little thing called heat invading our city right now. I checked my weather app religiously when I got home and decided it’s now or never! even if it was still 89 degrees with mega humidity, I needed this run more than anything else in the world so nothing was going to stop me.
The running group was just taking off when I was pulling into the Y’s parking lot. I quickly parked and sprinted towards them, my mood immediately shifting even as I breathed in the Jungle thick air. And then something happened that set the mood for the rest of my run. I walked. It wasn’t planned but I got caught up in a conversation with a group member that was taking it easy.I had such a great time catching up with her that I stayed and walked the entire first mile up the bridge without paying any mind to pace or goals. It was so relaxing!! Just enjoying my time outside and taking in the beautiful views from the bridge was therapy enough for my battered mindset. I was slowly restoring myself and it started with something as simple as going with the flow.
When we reached the bottom, I bid adieu and set off on my own route to discover some more peace. I gave myself only one rule: Take it easy. And off I went. For the first time all day, I felt all my worries dissipate. I was running for me. Only me. I didn’t want to speed play with anyone, train for anything, go through the usual path. I made up the route as I went along.
I discovered rather quickly that I was in the middle of experiencing a Brilliant run.
My surroundings were stunning and stood in dark contrast to how I was feeling earlier. The light was sweetly colored with hues of peaches that kissed the buildings and the ground beneath my feet.
I took the time to soak in the sensation of running over the wooden docks. They had only just dried up from the tropical storm that flooded them.
I noticed how the suspended walkover bridge swayed up and down as other runners trotted over it.
My mind ebbed between the zen of the big picture of my surroundings and it’s details such as the guy below that was in the middle of a photo shoot with his bike. So neat!! I bet they will turn out amazing
I ran and ran and snapped photos along the way.
Ultimately running 5 miles and burning lots of calories before ending my reverie. I think I only stopped because it was almost 8:40 pm and I still had to go home and make dinner. Otherwise, who knows how long I would’ve extended it. It was the most fulfilling run I’ve had in a while. I was in a zone where nothing mattered but my steady breathing and the sensation of my feet carrying me through.
The run was exactly what I needed and I went to bed that night in a much happier place than I was before
So I’ve been hinting about some exciting news that I finally get to share and just happens to tie into my experience Monday. I got invited to the Mezamashii Project a genius campaign from Mizuno that is all about the quest for a brilliant run.
I can’t tell you how excited I was to receive this in the mail. Just know that it involved lots of jumping up and down and fist pumps like you’ve never seen.
Mizuno decided to forgo pouring money into another cookie cutter ad campaign. They wanted to do something different and thought it would be better to let people experience Mizuno shoes first hand by giving away free pairs to a select few and letting the word spread that way.
How cool is that!?!
They want to give runners the opportunity to chase down their brilliant run by trying on some Mizunos whether or not they’ve used them in the past.
The quest for a brilliant run is something I think most runners can relate to. It’s rare and so incredibly beautiful when it occurs. It can come unexpectedly and leave an imprint of bliss that is never too difficult to recall.
Ok so here is the really exciting part. I want to know when your last brilliant run was for a chance to win one of two invites to the exclusive Mezamashii project. There are only 600 of these invites floating around so this is your big opportunity to join the founding group
Mizuno was generous enough to gift me with three invites to give away to anyone I chose. I decided to give one to my dear friend Debra at Miles to Run (who happens to swear by Mizuno already and is so inspiring! She lost 70 pounds is such a talented runner) and give the other 2 invites away right here on the blog.
I really wanted to share these special invites with all of you because you deserve it. I know you’re out there working hard towards your goals and becoming much stronger today than you were yesterday. So what are you waiting for?? You’ve got 2 chances to win an invitation right here, right now.0 Click to Like this Post!