I am not a natural born runner. In fact, I'm the furthest thing from any type of athlete. But there are times in my life when it makes sense to run.
I spent the first four months of this year sitting at a desk in an office every day and lying in bed every evening. I had no energy. I felt lifeless and vulnerable.
Now that I'm back in the countryside and preparing for my next solo adventures I want to feel strong. So little by little, I'm hitting the country roads and gaining strength. It's a little easier with songs like this.
Woodkid (Yoann Lemoine) is one of my favourite musicians. He's a French music video director, graphic designer and singer-songwriter. I love how hauntingly beautiful his voice and his videos are.
I am slowly building strength. Strength I'll need while I'm building and doing manual labour at my workaway job next month, while leading excursions in Paris, and while feeling safe on all of the trips to come.
With physical strength comes mental strength. I am adjusting to the idea of being on my own. Of being okay with that. Even getting excited about it.
When I'm running through a trail I let my fingers glide along the wet blades of grass. I look up into the sky. I am in the moment and I am happy. I sometimes think "If the world were to suddenly to end now that would be ok."
But there's a lot to look forward to. So I'll keep running and becoming stronger.
*If you're a runner you also need to try this pre-run yoga video. The stretches are delicious.