Well, it’s still very much winter up here and I’d say I’m into the routine.
My routine is more or less the same except with some additional activities like swimming a few days a week.
For the most part my day looks like this: I get up in the dark, walk Kobi, eat breakfast, catch up on Instagram (remember to check out Kobi’s page – @outdoorrunning), go to work, walk Kobi, go back to work, finish work and run or snowshoe or ski with Kobi – in the dark, go home, see what damage the cats have done to the house, clean up the damage, prepare my lunch for the next day, make dinner, eat dinner, clean up some more, go to bed. Start over…
That’s more or less it. Weekends are pretty much the same, except I can run or snowshoe or ski in daylight.
My predictable routine made me think about that movie Groundhog Day (recall the Bill Murray movie where he keeps living the same day over and over). Is my life like Groundhog Day?
I pretty much know what I’m going to do on any given day and some days are pretty much repeats of the previous day, but I also realized that regardless of the same repeated activities, my observations during those activities can be quite unpredictable.
For example, on those early morning walks with Kobi I may spend half the time staring at the northern lights, something we’re blessed with up in the north, or the stars. What’s also surreal, is what it sounds like when you’re outside in the dark and it’s snowing really hard, it’s a very different kind of quiet.
It’s also pretty indescribable when you see a lynx in the forest when you’re out skiing or see fresh wolf tracks on your early morning run. I’m also often left speechless (and not just because I was running uphill) watching a sunrise through the trees that is a colour of pink that has yet to be named. And of course there is always Kobi who never stops entertaining me. You should see her trying to catch ravens.
If that’s my Groundhog Day, I’ll take it.
Is it extra dark where you live right now? Do you have a routine? Ever run with wolves?