Saturday, February 28, 2015


Here's the latest.

We are not strangers to snow here in northeastern Pennsylvania, but this is ridiculous. The latest statistic reveals that the 2014-2015 season will have featured five calendar months with snow on the ground.

Tomorrow's forecast is calling for 2 to 4 more inches of snow, with some sleet and ice mixed in just make things more interesting. Our first snowfall arrived the week before Thanksgiving, and we haven't seen much of the ground ever since.

The old saying declares, "March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb," so there seems to be hope.

An extra hour of daylight on March 8, Saint Patrick's Day, and the first day of Spring all arrive in the next three weeks.

Here's another positive sign of better days to come.

This morning I ran five miles at 9:00 a.m. The temperature was 15 degrees. The air was calm, not a bit of wind, and the sun shone brilliantly. It certainly did not feel like 15 degrees. The sun is now higher in the sky and its rays are becoming more direct. A few days of 50 degree temperatures and our massive snow piles will shrink.

If you have maintained your fitness level throughout these dismal months, the next few weeks will be exhilarating. The air will smell better. Warmer temperatures will slash your workout times. You'll be able to get back on to your local track for speed workouts.

It's all part of this magnificent cycle of life that we runners experience more vividly than most folks. We are right there to observe the blossoming trees and plants. We hear the sounds and see the sights more clearly, we appreciate the many things nature has to offer, and we truly realize that, for all of us, our best running days lie ahead.

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