Writer’s block, runner’s block, mood swings or just feeling lost or in a funk? I can attest that it’s real for me and I’m sure it may be for you. I have considered myself as a pathetic optimist, a trait that sometimes gets me in trouble but also has allowed me to take bold steps that have made my life’s journey exciting and fulfilling. My optimism has been strained to be sure, but during today’s longish run, I found it was not beyond repair. I went back to what I’ve learned from racing the marathon distance, that is, to never let a negative thought in, only ones that offer hope of success. I did not allow thoughts of a politically divided country in but thoughts of the many intelligent, caring and generous people I know, people who care deeply about our country and our future, they ignore the media spin and look for ways to bring us together. Yep, every day gets a bit shorter now, and soon, a bit cooler. We will need to stoke the positive attitude to get out that door, and we will!
Randy Step, an admitted, optimistic, obsessed runner