So today we went out for a run. Last Sunday we did 6 miles in the wind and it was freaking cold. And I thought hilly. Well – it was hilly. Hard to not be hilly where we live. It was about 35 degrees and sunny – but the wind had a BITE.
Today…time to make the donuts – I mean run again. 8 miles on the plate. Sounds good. We started out going downhill with the wind at our backs rather than running back home UP highway N with church traffic. Down highway N – to Gilbert Road. I love the names of the roads around here….Wilcoxson, Kinney, Gilbert, Tower (because there’s a ginormous tower on Tower Road)…. Actually felt really great. I was pleasantly surprised how good I felt. And after snowboarding yesterday and cleaning someone’s home for 4 hours!!
Then the dreaded TOWER Road Hill. The never-ending-continuous – you think you’re up the hill and then your round a corner and – BAM – more freaking hill. I HATE that part of Tower Road.
We made it up the most EVIL part of Tower Road. And BAM – wind!
Wow – it got cold fast. I usually sweat constantly. Even when I’m cold. So … running and getting warm for about 6 miles and then hitting wind like that – holy crap – FROZEN arm pits. And other pits….we’ll leave it at that. My water even froze!!!!
I had to get over my Evil Self Defeating Talk coming up the Evil Freaking Hill From Hell. I got over it. The hill and the talk. And get my arse moving faster again because it was so freaking windy. We made it home.
Where I took a super long, super hot, super steamy shower. I’ve got on 4 layers on top and I’m still shivering! Maybe time to drink some hot water. (And yes, I know that’s weird, but it works and I like it!)
But you know the coolest (haha) think about this run….
- The gorgeous trees.
- The quiet parts of the old county highways where little traffic comes.
- The opportunities to notice hills and homes you normally fly past at 60 mph.
- The interesting cracks in the road and the way the frost covers the black top.
- The way the water freezes in patterns and how the sand on the road affects the patterns.
It. Was. Breathtaking.
And even more…I got thinking about how things will change between now and the end of June when Dr. Evil and I run Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth. The trees, flowers, and birds (there are several eagle nests around here) and the differences that will be apparent.
Last week on our run I took a picture. I know at some point again we’ll be in this same spot. I hope to capture the changing seasons.
Here’s to a wonderful week. I’m going to keep busy. Dr. Evil is traveling. I still get very nervous when he travels…but the spawn, their activities, and our life in general will keep me busy. Especially since Dr. Evil was fixing the noise the dryer made and broke it for several days. Now…laundry threatens to bury us. Send me clean and bubbly thoughts!
EJ out – to drink some unfrozen, hot water.
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