Tree Blossoms May 2007When I started running last night, it looked like a feather pillow had been shaken out across the night’s sky. I could see the stars peeking through as the clouds moved slowly eastward. By the time I returned home, the clouds had gone leaving the stars and me alone. The moon was hidden in darkness. I had an extra thick layer of determination on last night. When I was running into the wind, my forehead was cold. The Echinacea tea froze in the water bottle about 3/4 of the way through the run even though it started boiling hot. I was watching my feet and weaving my way between the patches of ice and snow. I let my mind wander. I was thinking of time and patience. I added a few more items to the list of things I am no longer willing to spend my attention on. Life is a limited time offer. I think it is wise to be careful about how I spend my time and energy.

Today is the unofficial end of winter for me. I know technically it will not be over for another 3 weeks and the weather will probably remain cold for even longer. I think of winter, though, as going from December 1st to February 28th. In November, I made a promise to myself to run as much as I could this winter. I have. There were a few days when perhaps I should have skipped running, but I went anyway. Except for two weeks when I only managed to go once, I went running 3 to 6 times each week. Most of the runs were 4 3/4 miles like last night. There were a couple of 3 mile runs and one two mile walk. I went running 6 miles three times. This running frequency means that I will not have to ease back into running when the weather warms up.

This evening at running time, it is predicted to be lightly snowing with a temperature of 27 degrees and a wind from the northwest of 9 mph giving a feels-like temperature of 18 degrees. I might not be able to go running Saturday and Sunday. At present, the forecast is saying it will be too cold. I will make the decision at running time. The forecast sometimes changes.

Take care and thanks for reading.


About Sarah

nature, outdoor, and health enthusiast, book reader, and story teller
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