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An Ode to Winter Running


Oh, winter! How I love to hate you
This isn't always the best of time for driving ... or doing anything outdoors
But, oddly enough, it can be the most magical time to run

Sure, there are awful days
Days when you question your sanity
When you spend more time getting dressed than actually being outside
When the snowplow drivers offer to give you a ride home

But, there are also those perfect winter days
When it's not too bitterly cold
Not snowing or sleeting too hard
And not so windy that your hat blows right off your head

The streets are salted and the sidewalks are clear
And you can totally handle this winter thing

Sometimes, you might get lucky and see the sun peek through the gloomy, gray clouds
Maybe even feel its warmth on your cheeks
It gives you hope, reminds you that darkness can't last forever

Even in the dark, there's a wonderful stillness to the air
Everything has magically frozen over
And all the world has stopped in its tracks ... except for you, of course

Because you are more alive than ever
You feel every stride
You pay attention to every step
You feel the aches and pains (hopefully minor) that come with taking the occasional fall

The cold is startling at first, then refreshing
It makes every inch of your skin tingle and tighten
You're focused and you're fearless - you have to be if you're going to survive

Seeing your breath in the air can be reassuring
It means your lungs are working, your feet are moving

Seeing your tracks in the snow can be motivating
It means you've been somewhere and left your mark

You may finish feeling weary
But you also feel so strong
Because when Mother Nature is your only competition, the reward is always pride

Oh, winter! I'll continue to count most of the days till you're gone
But I'll treasure the few wonderful days that remain
And every time I want to hate you, I'll be patient
Because eventually, I know I'll fall in love with you again

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