Sometimes I get stuck. Stuck in a routine. Stuck in a rut. Stuck with my head up my ass.
My most recent stuck-ness involving becoming, quite literally, stuck running in circles. I didn't run much earlier in the year. Biking - lots of it - took over, so I hadn't really run more than a few miles at a time around the new pad.
Since I have a bit of an "all-or-nothing" approach to everything, once I started running again this fall, I packed on the miles. Stuck in my routine, rut, head-up-my ass ways, I did most of those miles in the same little circles. Granted, those were some pretty sweet circles, since I can get to a trail with just two minutes of running.
Last week, I headed out with my camera to take some photos of the fall colors on my little circle. Venturing out with the intent to take pictures instead of simply to run changed my mindset. I started out on my circle and halfway through I got off the trail and crossed the street.
I've run and biked down that street more times than I can remember. I've actually crossed it once before too, riding bikes with Big E. For some reason I had it in my head that I couldn't run on those trails - they were just for biking, they were too unsafe....
When I realized there were ski trails, just as safe as the ones I'd been running, I felt a bit silly. I'd been missing out on cool views of the trains.
On those cold mornings I'd been skipping over this sunny field.
While I was running in comfortable, familiar circles, I was missing out some pretty cool stuff right in front of me.
So I decided, it's time to stop running in circles. It's time to change it up. It's time to change my perspective.
In the end, the old circles will still be there. I can always go back. My new outlook might even make them better.