It was minus 7.5°C when I woke up this morning and I had been looking forward to a run all week so nothing was going to stop me. In all fairness I did keep myself busy catching up on washing dishes and doing laundry until the temp jumped all the way up to minus 2°C. Woot! Felt like spring time…um, no pas du tout!
The hardest part was convincing myself to get on the bike and pedal to the starting point, this way I can have a longer nicer run along the river rather than slogging up and down the nasty hill and running along a four Lane road for a couple kms.
The sun was out and the sky was relatively blue today as we had a good (though bitterly cold) wind blowing through town all day yesterday. At least it cleared the pollution up a bit. December was horrific for pollution levels in grenoble. There were all sorts of of plans in effect to reduce cars and free public transport three days in a row. One day the peak surpassed Shanghai! (Not the for the first time). If you are interested in following the pollution level in your area I use an app called plume.
Very happy with my run despite the cold. Ran 15k in an hour and a half, stretched my aching back and cleared my clogged up brain. That’s always a good thing, right!?
Gratuitous cat photo.
Today’s poem selection. A rather important poem for America in this time of divisiveness as we seem to have strayed so far from what America should be all about. Obviously the situation is very different from when Hughes wrote this poem, but it gives us something to think about as the message resonates after so many decades.
I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
I, too, am America.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend.