Snowy Running

I wish I could say I run like the wind; instead I can say that I run with the wind. The snowy blowy wind. These winter days, in -10 and -15 and -20 temps, with or without snow falling, and always with snow crunching and squeaking under the soles of my feet, I have been building an intimate relationship with winter unlike perhaps any I’ve had before. If you call it a friendship, I’d say winter is an introvert. If you call it a date, I’d say winter is not very warm nor forthcoming with self-declarations, leaving me guessing much of the time. If you call it marriage, I’d say the warmth of the companionship comes from a lot of hot tea and soup. Mostly, I can honestly say the good days far outweigh the bad days. In fact, it’s been quite a ride so far!

Generally, as I run three or four times per week, winter and I are becoming great friends. Some days we quarrel, but never do we end a run without apologizing and having some beautiful peaceful moments together. When we disagree, it’s meant in love. When we agree, we become closer than ever.

Some days, I imagine I am a horse running across the fields at top speed (even though I go the speed of a turtle). Other days I imagine I am a fox, running with sleek and silent paws through the woods on snowy hidden trails. Sometimes I imagine I am an owl, flying with sharp eyes looking for what is coming. Often I imagine I am me, going slower than I would like, but loving every minute of it.


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Some stories from home, some from travel adventures (usually in autumn), some happening in community, friendship and faith, and some about the vulnerable, lonely and excluded. To honour them because they have changed me for the better and taught me how to love more fully and be loved more fully. Some days are great, some good, some not always good. But overall, it's been a beautiful journey so far, and I feel more like myself every day. -- Debra, writer / photographer / blogger / traveller

5 thoughts on “Snowy Running

  1. Hi Debra!! I can’t imagine doing what you’re doing! I can barely push myself out the door to walk (not run!) on our 60 degree mornings! You’re amazing! xo

    1. Hi Rhonda, your words encourage me so much, thank you! It has been a hard go to run in winter for sure. 60 degrees sounds warm right about now, ha. I have a wonderful running coach and running friends, and they are the reason I’ve been able to keep going. I never thought I could do it, but… step by step. I am blessed.

  2. Wow, that is hard core running. I don’t think I could do that. You have a gorgeous blog.

    1. Thanks again for your encouraging words. I didn’t think I could do it either. It takes time and practice, but anyone can do it. So glad to hear you are enjoying my blog, that means a lot.

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