Joy To Last All Year

After a big race I tend to have a bit of the blues that the big event has passed. The same goes for Christmas, if not more so. My celebrations from Christmas Eve through today were truly blessed. Spending time with family and dear friends was wonderful. Good conversations, good food and wine, and thoughtful presents. Nevertheless, there remains the feeling that it is over so quickly after such a build up. Yes, it is only a reminder of the joy we should share year round. But the little magical feeling is not the same come January. I guess I will have to create more thoughtful ways to keep the joyful feeling going…

This morning I did wake to a White Christmas. It was overcast but not too cold, the temperatures hovered around 30 degrees. I had a run scheduled today and since the gym was closed this morning, no swimming was scheduled. My run was invigorating – four miles easy in my zone two. Of course I had Christmas music playing on my headset. It was a great way to start the day. Running in the cold is not a problem for me, the only thing that can be uncomfortable are my fingers so I held on to two Hot Hands hand warmers and I didn’t have a problem at all. The things one learns running in wintery weather.

Ah, the mention of winter. There is never a dull moment. Christmas may be winding down but there is a storm brewing. Beginning tomorrow morning and going through Thursday we are expecting a snow storm to bring a total snow accumulation of 8 to 12 inches. At least I got a run in outside today. Like so much in life, I have no control over the weather. I can only prepare for what I believe is to come and make the best of the situation. I hope you all had a wonderful day with family and friends. Merry Christmas!

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