With the temps dropping, wind blowing, and flakes flying, I found
this little poem in the latest issue of Running Times to provide some timely wisdom.
Whether the weather be fine,
Or whether the weather be not,
Whether the weather be cold,
Or whether the weather be hot,
We'll weather the weather
Whatever the weather
Whether we like it or not.
The poem was found in a good article on motivation by ultrarunner, Eric Grossman. Here's the link:
Patrick & I hit the HR trails on Saturday for a long night run. We started at 9:00pm. It was quite chilly (mid-upper 20's) under clear and starlit skies. The breeze kicked up a few times and caused a few body parts to numb up, but overall we managed just fine. When we hit the 22 mile mark, we opted to skip a 4 mile out & back section in order to make the 4 mile uphill trek back to my house. 26 miles in about 4:02. For Patrick that capped a huge mileage week that included 17 miles on Saturday morning!
My favorite part of the night was the double creek crossing we encountered. I daintily hopped the rocks to avoid getting wet. Patrick splashed through both times. To give you idea of how cold it was, my hydration pack's "insulated" tube froze solid. I can only imagine how cold his feet must have been. I would say he's ready for Hellgate!