Before the snow hits

Some ugly weather is heading our way, so there’s only one thing to do: enjoy every possible minute outdoors before it arrives.

In that spirit, I did what had to be done. I drove to Fort Ben and ran 5.3 miles on leafy, hilly trails, enjoying the warm weather before it disappears.

There were only one or two others on the trails. I had the park nearly to myself.

The sky was blue, and the air smelled great. But I could see dark clouds moving across the sky.

According to AccuWeather forecasts, we’re going to get colder temps and rain tonight and tomorrow. On Thursday (Thanksgiving), we could even get some snow.

So I wanted to get out and enjoy the clear skies while they lasted. The woods were a fine place to be, even though the trees were bare and ground was brown. I trotted along contentedly, chasing endorphins and trying to regain some hill conditioning.

As I ran, I thought that every nice day in November is a gift. Winter could blow in any day, and stay for months.

Actually, I really don’t mind winter. Running in crisp, chilly weather, through the snowy woods, is a feast for the senses, and part of the rhythm of nature, which I try to embrace.

Well, for the first month or two, anyway. By February and March, I’ve usually had my fill of snow and freezing weather. By then, the thought of spring is the only thing that keeps me going.

So it is with late fall. The run was peaceful and pleasurable. I hope we have a few more like it.

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