Saturday, January 27, 2007

Spring Yesterday, Winter Today

It was just like spring yesterday! The thermometer read 43F and the sun was shining beautifully. I'm glad I was able to get out in the sunshine and enjoy a run with Topaz. It was wonderful, I wore SHORTS! Woohoo!! Plus I took a vacation day from work. Double woohoo!

Today is winter. 14F with a -5 windchill. Topaz and I headed out for 15 miles, most of it in the dark, as Troy had early basketball games in Rockford. I heard many deer and a few owl, but didn't see anything, it was too dark. The wind is whipping up and tomorrow promises to be an even colder day.

Have you watched Prefontaine? I popped it into the DVD player while I was cooking up Tyler's favorite, chicken and noodles, this afternoon. I loved it (the movie, yeah, the noodles too). It's the story of Oregon distance (as in 3 mile) runner Steve Profantaine. His coach-Nike founder-primes him for Olympic glory. He can't win the gold, silver or bronze. He's close, but can't reach it. He's getting ready for the Olympic games again. The story is done in a documentary style, but with the flash of a movie. Even though I knew how his story ends, it still caught me off guard; it has such a tragic ending.

It was a great way to spend the cold afternoon indoors.

Tomorrow it is the birthday of my friend, Alicia. We are going to meet at Afton for a 2.5 hour run and a potluck following. That reminds me, I have a batch of chicken wings I better whip up. I haven't run with Alicia since we met at the Murph. I'm looking forward to it..even if it is promising to be -20F windchill. Friends make it warmer, you know?

10 comments:

marathonP said...

I love that movie Julie, especially the scene where goes running off in Bowerman's first Nike's, and Bowerman is just dying to know what he thinks of them. Great scene.

I saw baby dolphins flipping through the air this morning in a cove on my run this morning Julie. We have the secret don't we!? :)

phil

Runner Susan said...

Yup - same thing here. it was 60 yesterday and it was 20 this morning. Donkey loves it like this though.

olga said...

Looks like you took the right day off:)
Stories like that always touch. This is what supposed to be on TV.

Julie B said...

Yes, Phil, we do. Living each day to the fullest; enjoying the little things, that's the ticket. I would LOVE to see baby dolphins flipping through the air during a run. Wow. I can't even imagine! Say hello to them for me next time :)

marathonP said...

Hi Julie,

Talk about Spring Yesterday, Winter Today. I ran along my cliffs in Southern California Saturday, got on a plane to Moscow (currently in London on layover), and it's 0 deg in Moscow.

I think I'll stick to the treadmill on this trip :)

Hey Olga, I'm in MOSCOW!!!!

phil

olga said...

Say hi to Moscow for me!!!

Jule, I still haven't gotten the Montrail package this year. I think it still gets assambled because we have a new clothes supplier (after turning down Patagonia).

Travis said...

Agreed, this weather is bananas! I went from a sleevles shirt and shorts to 3 layers in 24 hours. That movie is a good one. I thought about making my own shoes too, but I think my wife would frown on me making out-soles in the waffle iron. :)

mtnrunR said...

I grew up watching Pre both in College and in the 1972 Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon. What great memories. Love that movie.

Cliff said...

-20*F...

nice...

marathonP said...

Ok, I will. I'll say hi to baby dolphins for Julie, and yes I did say hello to Moscow for you Olga!

:) phil