From The Runner’s Book of Daily Inspiration by Kevin Nelson:
“You almost don’t notice it at first. In fact you realize later that you may have run for two or three days without noticing.
Later in spring it becomes dramatic and everyone notices. There are pictures in the paper. And even those who don’t spend much time outdoors notice it and talk about it.
You’ve gotten used to the bareness: the browns and grays and muted colors of winter. There is a certain stark beauty to winter, and you’ve come to accept it and appreciate it for what it is.
Then you notice it. And once you notice it, you see it everywhere.
The trees are beginning to leaf and turn green. It’s an amazing sight. It happens every year around this time, and yet it always catches you off guard. Though completely in the normal course of existence, the verdant beauty of this seasonal tranformtion defies credulity. It’s a miracle of sorts.
The trees are turning green. Not only green, but pink and white and purple, too. Even in your runners ‘zone’ you cannot fail to notice, and as you run, you secretly rejoice. How great it is to be outside, how lucky I am!”