A couple of days ago the we had weather that didn’t require a coat and gloves. I took the opportunity to head over to Bowie Park for some exercise, apparently, so did everyone else in the vicinity. I parked in a new spot at the back side of the water, tied my laces and headed onto the Perimeter Trail from an entry point I’d not yet taken. After hiking for about a half mile or so, I began my intervals of 30 seconds running, 90 seconds fast walking.
It’s been cold, but we’ve not had a lot of precipitation of late, at least not that I recall. So, I was a bit surprised when I started hitting some pretty wet muddy patches and realized my “excursion” was going to take even more careful navigation than usual. These trails are full of ruts, rocks, and tree roots. Then there’s the occasional pile of horse dung to side step, not to mention creek crossings, fallen tree limbs. Add the mud, and now I’m looking for high edges on the path, making me criss cross the route and run more deliberately, without losing intensity.
Needless to say, I loved it. The workout was exhilarating, though I missed a cut path somewhere and turned it into a 75 minute hike/run vs. my normal 50-60 minute outing. As I stretched and sipped my lemon flavored sparkling water, I recounted some of the challenges the Perimeter offered up today, and got to thinking how this is what my songwriting journey has been over the last few months.
It’s cold again today, but it will warm up again, even if only temporarily until Spring. I’ll go back and run the Perimeter Trail again in the next few days. There will be mud and challenges, but I’ll feel better for it. Just like I’ll pick up the guitar, my pencil, or a songwriting tip tomorrow — it’ll be another day on my songwriting sojourn. It’s to me to show up, to navigate the unwieldy path, take the good with the bad, and keep moving forward. And I’ll be better for it.