Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Most People Would Not Tolerate This, Let Alone Enjoy It...

I just got in from a mellow 15 mile run tonight. The running conditions right now are about as miserable as possible. 34 degrees; heavy wind; rain, mixed with snow; standing water (on top of ice); and of course being that I didn't start my run until after dinner it was as dark as can be. In some ways it was pretty miserable (my fingers and toes were numb by mile 5), but overall I kind of really enjoyed it. There's something strangely satisfying about a run like this. I simply lower my head and just keep moving forward, and somehow after a few miles I really start to enjoy it. I guess my response to this kind of run makes me even a bit more optimistic that I might be able to find the patience and stubbornness to actually finish the Iditarod Trail Invitational. I'm sure there will be no shortage of moments when all I can do is just lower my head and keep moving forward... and somehow the thought of this seems really comforting to me.


  1. Dude! thats some icky stufff...

    Glad you found your mojo though!

  2. Rock on! I know what you mean. I just came in from an early morning run. Wind chill is from -10 to -20 this morning here in MN. I certainly didn't run 15 miles, but it was satisfying and felt good. Love reading your posts along with Jill's.
    Wishing you both all the best.

  3. I haven't run in many years. But back in my marathoning years I found the same thing to be true for me. Some of my most satisfying runs were in cold, windy, rainy weather. I can't even put into words what it is about that kind of run that I enjoyed.