A couple weeks ago I was running on the Al Foster
trail. This is a picturesque trail that weaves along the Meramec River and
connects to the adjacent Castlewood Park trail systems. The Al Foster trail
itself is about 2.5 miles long and when I got to Castlewood I came to a Trail
Closed sign. I wanted to run more than 5 miles and so I ran right by that sign
and continued on the Castlewood trail. Running along the closed trail I could
not see any reason for it to be closed. In fact a few cyclists passed me on
their mountain bikes and they obviously didnít heed the closed sign either. I
had a wonderful time running on the trail and as I ran I thought about how much
I enjoyed running. Funny thing is when I was a kid I didnít think I could run.
I thought this because as a child most of the running that you do is sprinting.
Children play games like dodge ball requiring short bursts of speed. I did not
possess rocket blasting acceleration so I erroneously figured I couldnít run.
From around 7th grade until my senior year in college I had closed this trail
sign in front of my running path. Running was not for me.
When I was in college took an aerobics class to fulfill a PE requirement and one afternoon the instructor had us go outside and take a short run. I found that I loved to run and I tore down that closed sign I had placed in front my running. Hereís something to think about -do you have any closed signs you need to reconsider?
"If you only do what you know you can do- you never do very much." Tom Krause