Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Dispatches from the frozen tundra


It's hard to believe that somewhere people are wearing shorts, because it's sure not here. I'm back where I grew up, and the snow has come. I've already donned microspikes for runs, fallen on ice, and worn hats and mittens. Oh, winter. I have not missed you.

I'm sure I will get excited about skiing eventually, but today is not that day. Fortunately a slight warming trend brought a sunny day for trail running. I shuffled through the leaves, thanking the stars that I don't care about Strava or my pace. I cared about that stuff (though not Strava) for a long time. Now, I'm just glad I can still run. I enjoy it a lot more, even (gasp) stopping to take photos. 

I looked through some of my old medals from decades ago and decided to toss them all. I'm not one to keep stuff; it just provides clutter. The first place ribbon? Don't need it anymore. 

Another day I ran on the county road, up and down some ferocious hills. Drivers negotiating the sheet of ice that passed for a road gave me a wide berth, no doubt wondering who the crazy lady was. I lost my nerve on one particularly steep hill and turned around. Better to live to run again another day.

It's been a quiet, contemplative week on the frozen tundra, full of writing and running and deep thoughts. The land heads toward winter. I head for home.

Ps. I want this sauna, don't you?




4 comments:

  1. It's hard to run on a cold, snowy day. Good for you for getting outside and getting it done!

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    1. I am good with it now but ask again in February! Ha.

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  2. For me it is hard to believe that so many people have to wrap up against the cold for so long! I hope this winter brings you happy surprises with her weather.
    I had a little laugh at your stopping to take more photos now. I try hard to take less but it doesn't work!

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    1. I never thought I would want to be a snowbird...e.g. go somewhere warm for winter, buuuut maybe someday I will be able to do that.

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