I looked outside the window it was grey, bleak, and lightly snowing. It wasn’t the dream elements I had in mind for Free the Dream Fun Run. I thought it might be more freeing to run in the warm sun on a paved sidewalk. It was at that moment the phone rang and at first instinct I knew who was calling me.
I picked up the phone, “Hey Grace!”
“Hey! Did you still want to do the 5km run tonight?”
“Damn it! I knew you would say that!”
“Well! We did pay to run in it! And just think of the reward knowing you ran two races this week.”
“Ugh! I knew you would say that! Fine. I’ll run!”
And with that we made our way to the Free the Dream Fun Run which was a great fundraiser to support youth from low-income families to be able to play sports without the added worry of cost and equipment.
As we walked over to the start line we felt a brief chill in the wind. It was one of those moments I felt like turning back and saying – maybe we should go for hot chocolate instead…
Grace gave me the look “I can’t believe you are making me do this!”
“I didn’t make you do anything! I’m just happy you are here to run with me.”
It was with that we made our merry way down the road and onto the city trail system. We were prepared for slow moments on the ice but not ready to run through snow drifts. It became an obstacle course of not tripping on top of the people in front of you, attempting not to sink up to your knees, and the odd bunny hop over a drift of snow.
But, once we made it to the clear part of the trail it was easy-going with a couple small hills. Unfortunately we had to loop our way back through the winter wonderland obstacle course. It was within minutes of running through the snow. I felt a small jolt in my knee. I let out muffled swear word and kept running. It was at that moment I knew my squeaky knees were never destined to sludge through deep snow.
All in all it was still a fun run full of unsuspecting obstacles! However my knee still begs to disagree! They have been squeaking and creaking since the chance wrestling match with the snow.
Do you have any issues with joints or back pain? How do you nurture your sore spots after a good workout?
Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/darciecameronlovesyoga