Dunes Run #SOL

Yesterday I went for a second spring run at the National Dunes Lakeshore. I am lucky to live in Northwest Indiana and to have access to this park. I didn’t visit the park until I was an adult runner even though I have lived here most of my life.

I wandered down trail 9 yesterday. Essentially, I ran the trail backwards from how I normally run it. The “normal” route is to go down trail 10 and then up on the ridge and then down trail 9 back to the parking lot. There were several cars in the Wilson Shelter parking lot due to the beautiful weather yesterday. It was near 70 degrees here. During the week there has been no admission fee which makes me feel like I am getting away with something. On my way out I noticed a man at the entrance booth. hee hee

As I ran trail 9 I noticed to the left of the path the brown leaves are decaying on their own timeline. To my right the ground looked burnt and reminded me of the lava fields of Kona, Hawaii. I assume it was a controlled burn supervised by the park rangers. It was surreal to see and I moved along.

Looking at the black leaves, a smoldering fire, and smoke cloud I thought about how much I like the idea of fire.

Sometimes you need to light a fire.

Sometimes you need to stoke your internal fire and follow your passion.

Sometimes you need to burn a project to the ground and start over.

Gathering ideas are like gathering twigs in the woods. Starting the project is like lighting a fire. Sometimes I start the fire/new project too early because I am excited. I light the kindling, but then I do not have anything else to feed the fire with and it goes out! To avoid this catastrophe, I’m working on gathering my resources and organizing my most recent project so I can start a fire that can burn for a long time.

A cool tree along trail 9

I was happy to run outside yesterday. I needed to be in nature, it is I way I refuel.

How do you refuel yourself?

10 thoughts on “Dunes Run #SOL

  1. Excellent observation on ways of refueling yourself. For me a long drive with my music. Or sitting by the window listening to the rain. Sometimes a combination of the two works. So much of it comes down to my mood.

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    • Music is a great one that I do not often think about! I relate to the rain example also. I like white noise when I write often but prefer fire crackling to rain personally. Thanks for the thoughts!

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