Monday, December 13, 2010

Running is the best drug.

Yesterday we were hit with a snow storm in Amherstburg.... I suppose it was inevitable.

There has been so much going on over the past couple weeks that I've not been getting my runs in.

Last night around 7:30 pm I finally had the opportunity.  Knowing how bad the weather was, I decided to run on the sidewalks in the well lit area of town.  I wanted to be seen by drivers so as not to get run over.  You see, I packed all of my running clothes except a black jacket and black pants.  Not too bright ;-)

I was scheduled for a 16 miler.  I thought I would do an 8 mile 'out and back' twice.... it's 4 miles from my house to where the sidewalk ends.

Photo of my back yard shortly after the storm started.  

Did I mention that there was a crazy blizzard/ snow squall happening as I left?  The snow was ankle deep and the temperature felt like -17 Celsius (1.4 F).   Not to mention, the gusts of wind that were travelling up to 45 km an hour (roughly 30 MPH).

I really needed this and nothing was going to stop me.  I set my mind free and ran.  I felt the tension and the worry slip away with each step.  I got lost in my thoughts, and for a time, everything was ok.... the world seemed right.

At the 4 mile mark I turned around into a head wind.  My left eye quickly froze shut and the left side of my face began to hurt, but it was still a fantastic run.

I looked at the time as I entered the house to refuel.... It took me 1:41:27 to run 8.06 miles.  I figured that I would get slower and wouldn't be back until afer 11pm.... I quickly chose to stay in the warm house.... I managed a 30 minute bike ride before I decided that I was completely exhausted.  I called it quits.

When times are tough,  running is the best remedy for me.

What is your 'Remedy'?

Gotta run.
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