Running Through The Eclipse

For a short while Monday, millions of people will stop their normal life and turn their eyes to the sky.

A total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. from coast to coast, offering up a rare sight and what witnesses say is an awe-inspiring phenomenon.

While we won’t be in totality for the eclipse, Fargo will experience 80 percent of the eclipse, which will last for 2 hours and 42 minutes, and reach maximum magnitude at 12:59 p.m.

So, about the time most people are finishing their lunch breaks, the eclipse will be at its peak — and I’m guessing there will be plenty of people aiming to witness it.

As a runner, I’ve run to ring in a new decade on the New Year, marked the 15th anniversary of my mom’s passing with a 15-miler, joined Thanksgiving and Christmas group runs and found a reason to lace up the shoes simply for the joy or silliness of it. And I’m guessing on Monday that I won’t be the only person who will run through the eclipse.

It will be a short run — perhaps a few miles — but it will be my chance to watch others witnessing the eclipse. Just don’t expect to see me wearing one of those special eclipse viewing glasses — my gaze will mostly be set on the path in front of me.