Saying a big thanks to the our awesome members and staff for coming out in the COLD and running for a cause this morning. So happy #OTFDCMVT could be a part of the 4th animal Georgetown 5K Awareness for Homelessness! Way to go Team Orange is the New Black
I don't know if it's the crazy winter we had this year or the fact that this is my second marathon training cycle & it's going so much better than my first time around last year, but I have been so amazed at the incremental changes in nature we've seen on the trail week after week. I don't remember this at all from last year - this front row seat to the weekly progress of the seasonal shift (mostly all I remember is how much those long runs sucked). When we started in December everything was brown & barren. In January a few ground cover plants started emerging with a pop of green. By February most of the ground was green but the trees were still barren & grey. Spring exploded onto the scene in March with blossoms in every color - on the ground, on the bushes, in the trees overhead. Today the blossoms were all gone, replaced by green leaves that we'll seek shade from as the temperatures start to rise next month. We ran 18 miles today, & it was hard. But there were butterflies EVERYWHERE, which felt like a good sign. A reminder that each season comes & goes in its own time, always gracefully giving way to what comes next. That nature is all about fresh starts & new beginnings. That even a lowly caterpillar understands the process of transformation, that first it's hard but then it's new & beautiful & you get to see everything from a brand new perspective. Onward.