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Snowy Running

I wish I could say I run like the wind; instead I can say that I run with the wind. The snowy blowy wind. These winter days, in -10 and -15 and -20 temps, with or without snow falling, and always with snow crunching and squeaking under the soles of my feet, I have been building an intimate relationship with winter unlike perhaps any I’ve had before. If you call it a friendship, I’d say winter is an introvert. If you call it a date, I’d say winter is not very warm nor forthcoming with self-declarations, leaving me guessing much of the time. If you call it marriage, I’d say the warmth of the companionship comes from a lot of hot tea and soup. Mostly, I can honestly say the good days far outweigh the bad days. In fact, it’s been quite a ride so far!

Generally, as I run three or four times per week, winter and I are becoming great friends. Some days we quarrel, but never do we end a run without apologizing and having some beautiful peaceful moments together. When we disagree, it’s meant in love. When we agree, we become closer than ever.

Some days, I imagine I am a horse running across the fields at top speed (even though I go the speed of a turtle). Other days I imagine I am a fox, running with sleek and silent paws through the woods on snowy hidden trails. Sometimes I imagine I am an owl, flying with sharp eyes looking for what is coming. Often I imagine I am me, going slower than I would like, but loving every minute of it.


5 Comment

    1. Hi Rhonda, your words encourage me so much, thank you! It has been a hard go to run in winter for sure. 60 degrees sounds warm right about now, ha. I have a wonderful running coach and running friends, and they are the reason I’ve been able to keep going. I never thought I could do it, but… step by step. I am blessed.

    1. Thanks again for your encouraging words. I didn’t think I could do it either. It takes time and practice, but anyone can do it. So glad to hear you are enjoying my blog, that means a lot.

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