Tuesday, February 24, 2009

The Light at the End of the Dark, Cold, Slippery, Angry Tunnel

Today's run gives me hope. Hope that spring is on it's way. Hope that the snow and ice will eventually be gone (but only after any number of March dumps and melts.) Hope that we will start seeing the sun rise on our runs. 

Some people had school and spousal conflicts so we went a bit shorter than planned, but at a good clip. I ran to and from the lake and it felt so good to run on clear roads and relatively clear sidewalks. It also felt really good to push it on the way home. My lower legs are feeling good and have been for a few runs, so that also gives me hope. Increased biking and swimming probably helps a ton (two twenty-minute speedy walks with the pooch probably doesn't hurt either.) I got a better night's sleep last night - much quieter mind. The running group's demeanor is improving. We had all been a little on the crabby, unmotivated side. The witty banter is back and I think we are starting to feel good about where we are. The long winters here can be such a buzz-kill. 

Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday - the start of Lent. I have decided to give up Oreos and ice cream. Which means I will have to start smoking and gambling - one vice always replaces another. This is going to be a daunting task because there is nothing more satisfying than eating a huge stack or Oreos with a giant glass of milk. While watching The Biggest Loser.

Update: I polished off the Oreos with a giant glass of milk as planned. And, yes, I was watching The Biggest Loser. Ready for Lent!


Natalie said...

"The long winters here can be such a buzz-kill." Well said! I'm starting to notice that my mood is being significantly impacted as well by the winter. I'm finding it very difficult to get up in the mornings. There was a nice warmth this morning, but I'm not holding out too much hope...YET!

Glad the group is starting to get back into the swing of things with the mood! Keep up the good training!

Charisa said...

Oh man, I feel for you with the winters. I used to live in Chicago and then CT and I swear they never ended some years! Giving up oreos eh? That sounds like it would be ok until you mentioned the milk with it. Now I've got to go find myself some oreos and milk, that sounds simply amazing!!

Beth said...

I'm glad you liked the Chambers' quote! :) Good luck with your Oreos and ice cream! I haven't thought of what I want to do yet. AHHH - only a few more hours! :)

D said...

Is it just me or was the Biggest Loser too short today? It really means a lot more to me to sit on my ass for 2 hours eating donuts while watching fat people try and get skinny, than just 1 hour.