Winter Run: A Moving Meditation

Personal Narrative, Temple Building
January 5, 2016 | 7:10 am. I pull up to the trailhead, pleased it's not crowded. Understatement. Only one other car is here. It's cold this morning, so I get it. It's been unseasonably warm and the past couple of days Winter took over, as is her right to do. But it's damn cold. My weather app says 27º. Windchill 19º. I ran yesterday, similarly dressed in thermals and such. I had to ignore the cold to start. Colder now, but I really want these miles, so here I am. Me and one other brave soul. It's daybreak. Sunrise is 30 minutes away. The sky is clear. I see stars and a lovely crescent moon. I try to snap a picture, but the camera on my phone hasn't cooperated in weeks, and the shots are…
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Ending the year strong

Temple Building
It's not winter yet, but Mother Nature has been pushing us to get ready for it. The days are noticeably shorter and unseasonably cold. The weather, along with my recent adventure, has put me in the mood to hibernate. Most mornings (and early evenings), I just want to swaddle myself in a ball and sleep. It's starting to impact my exercise regimen. From March to October, I jump out of bed before dawn, ready to log a few of the 40-50 miles I jog each month. I tweak my mileage to allow time for strength training with a barbell and plates. But all of this happens in the warm weather. Once we've entered true fall in north Georgia, I put away the running shoes and opt for indoor cardio. My program of choice has long…
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Workout Freewrite | #30in30 #WriteLikeCrazy.

30 Day Blog Challenge, Temple Building
In January 2012, I hung up my running shoes and started exercising indoors. One month into a 12-week fitness program, I placed a full-length mirror in the living room. I spent six mornings a week engaging in high intensity cardio, and seeing the results from day to day – chiseling, bloating, and stops between – proved motivating. April 1, I went for my first run of the year. I ran a personal best. It burned, though. Shortly thereafter, I began another 12-week program. This one was weight lifting (Pump). Normally I dislike lifting. Go to a gym and lift free weights or get on those machines? It ain’t happening, son. In grad school I discovered BodyPump, a full body barbell class choreographed to the latest hits. I loved it. When…
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