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'?