This morning I ran from my parents’ house on the trail through their town. There are several awesome aspects to this trail. One, it is lined with trees so it blocks the wind. Two, it crosses very few streets so you don’t have to stop often for traffic. Three, it is flat. Four, you always encounter other runners or bikers so it feels more safe than some running routes. I did get to run about 3/4 of a mile with an older gentleman that just happened to be running the same direction as me at about the same pace. It was great to have the company and it was also a great reminder of how much I love the running community. Beyond that, everyone I saw greeted me with a smile and either a “good morning” or a “Merry Christmas”. I ran my seven miles and got back to my parents’ house in time to help cook the meal. It was a fantastic run, which was the perfect start to a wonderful day with family.