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I have been fighting this cold for over a week now. Sore throat and cough… not fun! Because of this, I have not done much as far as outdoor activities go. Then on Tuesday, winter decided to finally show up and dumped 21 inches of snow. Finally some snow!

So I spent my lunch yesterday in the woods trudging through the deep snow and following deer tracks.

I forgot how hard it is to snowshoe in super deep snow. Even with my snowshoes, my foot made a deep hole… the snow came half way up my calf.

I love snowshoeing in Powder Mills park since this one particular trail leads you along the creek. It was so peaceful and beautiful! The only sounds that I heard were my heavy breathing, the crunching sound of my snowshoes hitting the snow, birds singing, the occasional creaking of trees as the breeze gently swayed them, and a faint sound of the water flowing underneath the ice.

I was so happy to be outside! I feel as if the heavy breathing made my sickness go away. I always have reservations about doing things when I am sick… a while ago I went for a bike ride while congested and it was not pretty. But I am convinced that being outside makes everything better. I should have gone outside earlier. :)

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I had an amazing run last week! I started to run with a group called The Borough Runners. The run starts and ends at The Lost Borough Brewery, which is fantastic! You run with a bunch of super nice people and then you have a pint of the most tasty beer… brilliant! Last week it worked out that only Joel and I decided to run the 4 miler route. And running I did… I averaged 8:33 per mile. That is super fast for me! I was very proud of myself.

It is all Joel’s fault. :) I have been chasing him for years.

It all started about 8 years or so ago when I bought my first road bike. It was terrible! I never rode before and even riding at all was a huge feat. Forget about keeping up with anyone. I found myself lost and defeated around the beautiful country roads of Mendon. I was so annoyed. We always rode with the Rochester Bicycling Club so even before we left for the ride, we would decide if he would ride with me or with the other faster boys. I was always happy when he rode with me. So many times he would yell “jump on” and I would pedal my hardest to catch him and draft behind him so I could ride faster. I cannot even tell you how many times we did that. It was such a rush, and still is, to be able to ride fast and with someone else. Over the years I got stronger and stronger, but it took me 6 years to be strong enough to ride with all those fast boys. I still remember the day… I was so proud of myself on that day too.

Then about 4 years ago I decided to start running. Running even 1 mile felt terrible at first. I was so annoyed. I thought that I was in good shape. But slowly I got stronger and stronger. I run by myself a lot, since it is so easy to run from the house. But same as with cycling, I do enjoy running with Joel and other folks. It definitely pushes you to go faster.

So last week I ran faster… because Joel was ahead of me and I was trying to catch him for pretty much the entire run. I am not a very competitive person, but for some reason I am competitive with Joel. I have so many episodes where he would come back from a ride or a run and he would share his amazing rides and runs. I always lovingly responded “whatever dude… you suck!“. And then I would go for a ride or a run and I would push myself to go faster.

I feel super lucky to have Joel in the front so I can chase him. It is definitely nice to have an inspiration and someone who pushes you to have amazing rides and runs.

Smooches Joel!

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