Sunday, January 9, 2011


Learn from your mistakes.

Do not (i.e., do not) look at the weather before you go out running. I had prepared myself mentally for temperatures in the twenties. I was ready for it.

I definitely was not ready to go running in 6°F weather. I almost went back to bed, but then I realized I'd be like the Monkey brothers from Colorado whining about the cold weather. Taking a deep breath, I burst from my dorm and plunged into the dark, frigid morning.

Five miles later, I had seen only five species: Northern Cardinal, American Crow, Slate-colored Junco, Black-capped Chickadee, and Downy Woodpecker. All were new except for the corvid. Eighty-seven!

Next time, I'm not even checking the weather.

1 comment:

  1. Glad you came up with some courage, Mr. Treadmill Man! We're also happy to have you join us back in the real world of winter, where you might just see only five species on a run. You must have recovered from the injury and we're happy to hear that. Mom says hi.