This is my first winter in Alaska. This has been the first year that I've worked a consistent 40 hour work week since around 2008. I love working with young people but it can be exhausting. Ya know, because I am SO OLD!!! That's what they think. ha! This is the first time I've done consistent strength training and ran most of my miles on trails. I'm sure all these factors have slowly been wearing down my body and/or mind.
Don't fret I have a sunny vacation planned in a few months. Woot! Plus I (along with a couple of my siblings) surprised my parents with plane tickets to visit me in June. Woot Woot! Between these two trips and all my friends that will be visiting this summer I have so much to look forward to. I just need to get through the next couple of months.
I'm pretty much over this weather but it has seasoned me. When I lived on Cape Cod I was constantly checking the weather and trying to figure out when to run. Now I have no choice. It's either run at _____ or don't run at all. And really, I just assume it will be dark, cold, rainy, and windy.
The other night a few #runsitka folks decided we'd run on some trails after work. Why I thought this was a good idea.....I do not know. It was right after we'd received over 4.5 inches of rain in 24 hours and it was still raining hard.
By the time we were ready to run it was down to just Geof and me. I was not going to wimp out. So off we went into the woods. (Into the woods to fetch the Cooooooow....sorry I'm a musical geek. I digress.)
The point of this post? Sometimes life is crazy but freedom and happiness await.
Geez, this is scary. I'm sure I will adjust soon and this will be fun.
There is a moving light up ahead. Wonder if it is someone that wants to hurt us?! Oh my gosh, a second light just appeared. They are trying to be tricksy. Get ready to fight.
Okay, it's just two nice hunters packing out. Whew.
I can't see. I can't see. This headlamp is useless. Really it's just reflecting off the raindrops and not helping me at all.
"Geof tell me a story....a happy story. It doesn't matter what it's about."
Focus on his words. This is not that bad.
AHHHHHHHHHHH!!!! A bear is in hot pursuit of us. I know they should be hibernating but maybe all the rain has them on the move and our bright colors and lights are enticing them to chase us. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
This was not a good idea.
I will not let the woods win. I am brave.
I am fairly certain I am running 6 minute miles. (I wasn't)
"Is this our out?"
Freedom!!!!!! I am so happy.