Only about a year (or two?) later than expected. I did 3.1 with Patches on mostly dirt roads this morning. I still can't run quite the whole time but I'm getting there. It's a great feeling. Winter running in particular can be a source of joy for me. It's a combination of things- the frozen landscape, the light, being warm at the core despite the outer cold, the silence of the woods. This has been such a winter here in New England- it helps is to embrace it. I've been making a point of spending at least a little time outdoors every day- running or not.
I have the luxury of it being a choice since my semi-ruined arm exempts me from shoveling. I try to focus on the perks that come with this- especially since the recent news that there is absolutely no survival benefit in total lymph node dissection (the procedure that caused said arm wreckage). Whatever...just another item to add to my list of reasons to view doctors and the authority of modern medicine with some healthy skepticism. The arm is what it is, and nowadays I find I can mostly do what I want with it. I think hefting Elliot around for the last year and a half has helped. As he's gotten heavier I've gotten stronger. Funnest weight training ever!
What else...Gus is still alive- definitely in his dotage though- complete with diaper wearing. We buy incontinence pads for human males. Sort of amusing in terms of the potential misunderstandings that might happen re: who around here uses them. The house is still standing as are the out-buildings. This is not something we can take for granted anymore, since the onslaught of ice and snow. There's no shortage of collapsed roofs in these parts. We did almost have a fire due to water getting into the kitchen wall. I kept smelling a nice incensey smell one morning as I was getting ready for work- then finally tracked it down to the outlet near the sink which was hot due to shorted out wiring. We still have the fuse out for that part of the house. Luckily the stove, fridge, etc. are on a different circut.
On to my organizing projects if I can overcome my post-run sleepiness.