As the Hercules storm mounts the eastern seaboard, I am reminded that there once was a time when I loved running in the cold. No, not the piercing cold many around the country are currently experiencing. Rather, anything right around freezing when, after about ten minutes to get the blood flowing and system up to speed, the feeling of well-being begins to spread like a juicy rumor in a closed-minded crowd. Yes, that experience had a very specific charm about it. Even better, with so many other primates remaining indoors to avoid the cold, more of this pristine real estate was left for me to explore at pace.
But like New Year’s Eve drinking, you had to know when to say when, because a sudden change in conditions could lead to real difficulties, as I learned one unfortunate winter’s morn when I took off on an ill-conceived out-and-back twelve miler from my Boston apartment. (more…)