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A Winter Run

Saturday, December 11, 2010

There are few things that make me feel better about myself than overcoming obstacles and difficulties, and doing it well. Lately I've been feeling rather introspective and gloomy and I really needed to shake these feelings and bring some joy and positivity into my life again.

I totally managed to do so this morning.

I woke up to -5 C (23F), windy, overcast, grey and dreary weather. You know the type of day when you'd rather stay indoors, playing board games with the kids all day, then curl up in your favourite armchair to read a good book, while holding a steaming cup of tea between your hands. That kind of day.

Except I didn't do that. Instead I put on three layers of clothing, lip balm to protect my lips from the cold wind, ear phones playing my favourite music.

I didn't break any speed records. I wasn't even trying. I wasn't annoyed by the lack of traction on the snow. I wasn't silently (or even not so silently) cursing the snow that hit my face like angry little gnats at one point.

I was too happy to let any negative thoughts ruin the moment for me.

I was feeling strong and healthy. I was doing something that's good for me and for my family. And I was doing something that I love doing.

That's a pretty decent day in my book.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
RHARRIS80 12/16/2010 9:59AM

    So so awesome and very inspiring!

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MEGLUVS2RUN 12/13/2010 9:13PM

    That's just awesome! I've been itching really bad to get out and run, but I'm a wimp too! -9 celcius with wind chill of -20.
Great pic and inspiring blog! emoticon


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DCGUY72 12/13/2010 6:00PM

    Love the picture of you above... you DO look like you're having an absolutely great day. Yes -- there's a time to be introspective and there's a time for just getting out there and making it happen. Awesome that you just headed into the wind and find the fun in your run. Make no mistake, *I* think you're crazy for wanting to run in the snow... but hey :) that's okay... Brrrr... I get cranky if they they turn the air too far down and there's a draft when I'm on my favorite treadmill. But way to go all the same :) Love seeing that look of fun on your face ! Keep remembering to do things that keep it there...

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GIVINGINOW 12/13/2010 2:18PM

    Ok, that is just awesome! I am a WIMP when it comes to running in the cold weather! Below 25 and I will not go out!

Glad you took charge and decided to have a great positive day :) The snow looks beautiful!

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DOWNTOWN02 12/13/2010 2:11PM

    Awesomeeeeee! Love snow runs! Glad you got to get out and enjoy the beautiful scenery and embrace the weather! what a great positive attitude. Sometimes, it is too easy to complain about things..You don't see things that way...what a lovely mind you have!

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/13/2010 2:03PM

    You rock! What a great pic! The picture of a warrior :)

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NUOVAELLE 12/12/2010 2:03AM

    You look wonderful! I would have loved to have joined you on this morning winter run! As I've repeatedly said, I'm a "winter" type of person. For me nothing feels better than the cold air on my face. That was a great choice you made. Have a great Sunday!

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ILOVEROSES 12/11/2010 11:33PM

    You look good and sound great! Good for you for getting out on that cold brrrr morning for a run. I forgot what's it like at -5C. We did have it in Canada when we lived there from 1976-1972. Here in the mountains it doesn't get that cold very often. Until about 6 years ago we went skiing every July-August (our winter). Now our daughter took over the membership at the ski club. emoticon
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/11/2010 9:33PM

    Isn't that the greatest feeling???? Getting outside for a run in the cold is wonderful.


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CLAIRESGG 12/11/2010 8:04PM

    That sounds wonderful! Such great commitment on your part and what better way to up the outlook of your day. I used to love walks like that but as I get older hate the cold. Go Care Bears!!

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