Went for my first run since September today round Mynydd Caregog above Newport. The snow had drifted deep, but where it was melting there was raging torrents, the wind was robust and the cloud snug to the floor.
What a blast. My mind has not processed so many thoughts in 30 minutes for so long.
1. shake to shuffle on the i-phone is rubbish for running.
2. Melt water is cold, but wet snow is colder.
3. Summer shoes let your feet get warm as soon as they are out the water.
4. Wild horses look at you like you are mad if you are on the mountain in bad conditions.
5. Tread lightly and reduce speed on deep snow.
6. All that beer I drunk in December weighs heavy.
7. David Hieatt would have thrashed me today. I wanted him and Molly along.
8. Cold thighs run slower.
9. Running somewhere beautiful is beautiful.
10. Warm dry clothes are such a reward at the end.
11. howies have made and will make some amazingly technical kit. (Ran in the long way home shorts, 2 NBL light base layers, the 8 miler jacket and the new bike jacket for spring)
12. Music helps a hard run.
13 Bad music don't.
14. The effort to get up, get out and run in awful weather is always worth it.
15 . The track on the map is not always where it should be in real life.
16. The farm dogs bite is worse than his bark.
17. Cows with horns and babies need back of the head eyes.
My goal this summer is to pick a great place to run and run and run and run and run...