living in the now

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Snow run ... finally!

Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.
— Andy Goldsworthy

I love a few runs on snow-packed roads in the winter. Living in Virginia, I'm usually lucky to not get too snowed in, so when it does snow I actually enjoy it. It's such an awesome sight. There's no traffic to worry about. It's also a bit of a cross training workout at the same time to practice balance and really focus on footwork. 

The cold air also seems more bearable when everything is covered in snow. 

This winter, though, I haven't had a nice run on snow-packed roads. It's been cold a few times. I've had several chilly, rainy runs. There have been lots of clouds. There was one run where it was snowing and sleeting, but that was just weird. I had given in to the line of thought that this would be a snowless winter.

Then came this week's massive storm. 

Last night's storm dumped 7 inches of snow in my neighborhood. And through this afternoon, no plows had scraped or treated the majority of the roads near me. Talk about the perfect opportunity to run. 

This was, quite simply, my favorite run of the year so far. Quiet. Calm. Peaceful. And a whole lot of other positive adjectives ... 

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