Running in Northeast Colorado – Winter #5

Amazing weather – early December got rolling with a temperature plummet and some snow which quickly gave way to sunny skies and balmy days.  January was one gorgeous day after another and then February hit with some pent-up winter fury – snow, cold, more snow, colder, more snow…

Regardless of the recent weather vagaries, this has been my most consistent winter yet for running.  There was a time I holed up in the winter and put on a few pounds, just to sample the early spring temps like dipping my toe in a suspiciously cold pond.  Spring has always been a fight with wind/rain/snow/sleet/hail/whatever and running never really got going again until maybe May.  I was always trying to ‘get back’ to the fitness level I had achieved until December.  This year I have stayed consistent and, with the treadmill, defied some brutal days.

Winter distance series – these 6 races (Rudolph’s Revenge, Frosty’s Frozen and the Snowman Stampede) have also given me consistent motivation and challenge all winter and let me measure my progress.  A 10k and a half marathon also challenged my fortitude and gave me a sense of accomplishment.

I’ve spent the winter learning my new running turf and testing my new running gears.  I’m still not fast.  I’m still not built like a greyhound.  I’m still not competitive – in terms of placing.

I AM stronger, tougher, wiser and more determined than ever.

I’m looking forward to this race.  I hope it doesn’t rain and I’d love sunny skies and balmy temps but I’m running this thing and I can’t wait.


About wfig

Longtime horsewoman and hiker, occasional world traveler and professional biologist.
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3 Responses to Running in Northeast Colorado – Winter #5

  1. Haha says:

    Only a greyhound is built like a greyhound. The fact that you have running “gears” now is impressive and I’ll take stronger, tougher, wiser and more determined than ever any day over built more like a greyhound. Stay healthy. The 50 miler will be here before you know it.

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