Beating the buzz can be a blessing.

I’m not much of a morning person. It’s not that I sleep in, but I find it challenging to leap out of bed and bundle up for a chilly morning outing. (This is perplexing, perhaps, in light of the fact that the lion’s share of running races line up before daylight.)

On the other hand, I am always blessed when I make the effort.

Runners know the breathtaking beauty of a sunrise. It’s beyond words.

So here’s today’s thought for the April A to Z Blogging Challenge. It’s B-Day, bringing us BLESSING:

“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Henry David Thoreau was not known as a runner, and he died of tuberculosis at age 45. He developed the disease in his late 20s. So his race (so to speak) was cut short. But based on his writings (especially Walden in 1854 and Walking in 1862), it’s clear that Thoreau appreciated the wonder of enjoying nature in solitude.

For the runner, this sentiment rings true. We benefit from the exercise, to be sure, but also from the opportunity for silent reflection. An early morning solo run (or walk) can help to reset one’s emotional compass.

And that’s a blessing.

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