Saying thank you just because

Many — most, really — mornings I run, I’m overwhelmed by something. Maybe it’s the sunrise, or silence, or striped and colorful clouds. Maybe it’s the constant of a beating heart, or a surprise burst of energy that takes me farther than i’d planned when I really hadn’t felt like running more than a mile.

Maybe a song on my iPod sounds particularly beautiful on this particular day, or maybe the voice of David Greene on NPR makes me feel thankful for starting my day off this way.

Today, when the temperature was a comparatively balmy 41 degrees and my pace a little faster than I’d anticipated, it was all of those. I came home smiling, feeling fulfilled and just downright lucky.

And for all of that, The Grateful Runner says thank you. Yes, just because.

when I’ve overwhelmed by something — clouds, sunset, energy, heartbeats. And others, like today, when I’m simply

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