"A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days."
Life sure has a way of giggling at my plans some days. Wanted to do a little stretching and ab work on Tuesday evening after work. Didn't factor in the part about getting home only at 8:15pm and not having had dinner yet. I was not moving from that couch! Yesterday, I had a 3K tempo planned, but work ended up taking almost every minute of my day. I did manage to get to my yoga class last night, but it was a tight squeeze (my last session at work was stretched to the max). So, there you have it...chaos :) The good thing is, I'm not bothered by this at all. I'm the eldest of five and have three kids of my own, so my life is all about organized chaos. I just take it as it is...
Here's what I like about running outside on a nice day. I'm running along, enjoying the weather and the snowless roads and I cross a woman, probably late 60's, taking a walk:
Me, smile "Bonjour"
A couple of hundred meters later, I cross an older man walking, he smiles and nods my way, so I smile and "Bonjour" once again.
We're going in opposite directions, but we seem to be doing the same by-the-river loop because a while later I cross the same lady:
She: laughs and says "Ah oui, vous êtes jeune vous" (translates to "You're young you")
Me: smiling "Not quite"
A few meters later, I cross the man again, this time when I look his way he smiles and gives me the thumbs up. I give him a big smile and am realizing how much of a boost these encounters are.
I like the changing scenery, feeling the sun on my face, the variability in terrain and the fact that my pace varies right along with it...and the encouragement of kind strangers :)