My favorite part of running alone is setting my own pace, which I think I’ve written about before. I can stop and look at whatever I desire and take time to observe the world, instead of quickly running past it. I’m honestly more of a run-walker instead of a runner. If my mentally allowed me, I could continue to run for a decent amount of time, but I’m too curious about things and I end up slowing my pace to walk.
I ended up running (and walking) to Gas Works, since I haven’t yet this year and I’ve wanted to for a while now. Plus, the sun was out so there was nothing I wanted to do more than get outside and enjoy it while it lasted.
It was also an excellent way to avoid studying for my psychology test. There are twelve days left in the quarter and things are starting to pile up. I wanted to get off campus and escape it, even if it was only for an hour.
I can’t remember exactly what I listened to, but I do remember that the air smelled wonderful, clean, and warm. Spring is hiding right around the corner, and I found that I could breathe easier knowing that fact. I ran down the hill from the dorm, down the street, across the Freemont Bridge, and toward Gas Works.
I ran off everything that had been worrying me for the past weeks and let it fall off behind me as I pushed my legs forward. Running isn’t merely a distraction—it’s a way for me to release the tightness in my body and rejuvenate my mind. It breaks me down physically, and builds me up emotionally.
I ran through several shipyards, past yoga studios, hair salons, and offices, until I finally saw a large hill of green and knew I was close to my destination. Once I was there I made my way to the top and I was surprised to find that I was nearly alone, except for a girl running on the other side of the park.
Anyone who has been to Gas Works knows how breathtaking the view is. It doesn’t matter if the sun is out or not, the view will still be spectacular. (However, having the sun out doesn’t hurt, that’s for sure.) I pulled out my phone and took several pictures. I tried to take some that aren’t the typical view you see from Gas Works, and I think I succeeded with a few.
It was what I needed. I needed to run, and I needed to capture the moment in a different way.
And now I'm sore, which happens to be a great feeling because it proves I worked out.