The latest winter weather has passed through the High Country and we were left with about 5 inches in our neighborhood. Sounds as if some surrounding areas garnered a bit more this time around. I am not complaining though, as I spent Saturday cross training, that is shovelling out driveway, which is about 200 yards. I said shovelling.
This morning, well... afternoon, when I woke up I ate a muffin, made some oatmeal and began planning my first long run since Disney. Time to get into the hill running routine. This type of running will be very important for my goal races this year.
Out the door I went, patiently plodding down snow packed and ice scraped roads. At 3 miles I hit the first real climb of the day. This one went on for awhile and somewhere in mile 6 it gave way for about 5 minutes. Recovery in, now well above the surrounding landscape, taking in some amazing panoramas, I was ready for climb number two.
This took me out to the halfway point at mile 9. So I climbed for an additional 30 minutes and when I was ready to turn for home I could look across the valley at the base of Beech Mountain, where the vacationing folks were all taking the easy way up and then sliding their way to their starting point. Having just taking my ride up, I was set for the trip on down, and back to the shed.
What a free feeling it is, to run downhill for 9 miles on a crisp winter's afternoon. The day was the clearest I remember for sometime and the winter season affords the eyes such sights which aren't available during the growing seasons. I could hear birds a-chirping and spotted several deer a-leaping. A magnificent day.
As I approached the final miles of the run I came upon a man in his yard who said he'd seen me on the way up. I stopped to chat with him for a minute and he told me "that might not be so healthy if you were to fall down..."
True enough. But, I think we can all agree, at least amongst the running circle, that we'd rather fall down running, than never run at all. Here's to this magical season, full of promises for the year to come and challenges on a daily basis. This is the time when success is made. Just watch your step out there!!