Yesterday, when I was scraping the accumulated ice off the car in the freezing
rain, or later, when I was bent against the head wind, snow assaulting my face,
my spirits were understandably low. There has been a marked absence of spring
in my step. (Ha! SPRING!) A grayness that has seeped all the way to my soul and
has numbed me to joy, much like Edmund, when he consumes the Snow Queen’s
|Always Winter, Never Christmas.|
everyone is suffering an end of season malaise. Hubby is very nearly beyond
help. He lies on the couch, surrounded by seed catalogs, muttering, “It
will never be warm again…” I’d roll my eyes, but I’m conserving all my
energy for the final, desperate crawl into spring.
with an all-encompassing joy, a miracle transformation brought about not by a
sudden change in the weather or the marshaling of some overlooked pocket of
inner strength. No! I have been touched by a profound and powerful witchcraft,
a time-tested bit of magic passed down through the ages.
dancing shoes and Dorothy those troublesome ruby slippers.
perfect time to slip into my favorite running store and dream of warm breezes
in my hair and the dry pavement beneath my feet. The lone salesman, a runner
himself (they all are runners, which makes them ever so much more patient) was
more than accommodating. He let me try on roughly a thousand pairs of
shoes–pink shoes, orange shoes, purple, green!– all the while debating their
relative merits. And when he found out I was a mid- to forefoot striker and
interested in transitioning to a no-drop shoe…? He just about clapped his
hand with glee.
minimalist running shoes. Long story short, I am now the owner of a beautiful
pair of Brook Pure Connects. Sigh. No stacked heel at all, I think they weigh
all of eight ounces, but still with a nice bounce beneath.
challenge, a focus for the upcoming season and the promise of a shiny, happy
spring. This is a whole new way of running, and if you are interested, I’d
suggest you read this.
start with.” my wonderful salesman cautioned. “You need to get used
to them. In fact, just put them on as soon as you get home and walk around your
house with them for a while.”