Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Snow Run

I was actually able to get myself up before 4:30am this morning for a run. Had I known that when I opened the door to go outside, I was going to find it snowing and everything covered in a snow/ice mixture, I probably would have hit the snooze button at least 6 times. But I got myself up and dressed, put on the headlamp and walked out the door to the above conditions. WTF. I turned right back around and walked in the house to get on the treadmill until I remembered that tomorrow's run will be on the treadmill; the thought of that made me cringe. So I turned right back around and went outside again. Off I went. The roads were mostly covered in this snow/ice mixture, but I was fortunate to find clear pavement off and on. I did one of my usual runs through Cranmore Shores up Tasker/Allard Hills and back for 8.4 miles. A little slow, but the conditions called for it. 7:41/mi pace. This is what I was staring at for almost the entire run. Oh so interesting.
Work was a simple local transfer, but it was one of those runs that tugs on your heart strings and when you become therapist for family members. I find talking with people candidly about their family member's condition helps them open up and talk about the hard stuff. I saw a lot of beauty and sadness today, and it will probably be one of those runs that really sticks with me for a long time.
I was done a little after noon and headed home to start the rest of my day with John. It was still gray and cold, and I was beat. John didn't really want to do anything, so I curled up on the couch with a blanket for over an hour. And then the sun came out. That meant go time. So John and I took the dogs out for a walk on the Conway Rec Path, and what a beautiful afternoon it turned out to be. Just what I needed to wake me up... until the dogs came across dead deer parts. That was fun.
John's ninja class followed, and I did a bit of catching up with some people I hadn't seen in awhile. I also got my 4th offer to run the Tuckerman Inferno this weekend. Ha ha. I normally team up with Wild Things, but I backed out due the Merrimack River Trail Race. That is postponed, but I did have some other races in the works. Working out childcare for John just didn't appeal to me, but the offer tonight was on a really good team, so I gave a maybe if someone on the team can hang with John while I run the 8-mile leg. I haven't heard back yet, so we'll see. Teams are getting desperate, though, and it might work out in my favor.
Treadmill in the morning if I can get myself up; then it's off to a 24-hour shift in North Conway.

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