17 Lessons From The First Winter

  1. I learned it is okay to run barefoot if temperature outside is below freezing, but dry.
  2. I learned being wet in 0C is colder than being dry in -29C
  3. I learned to not freak out if conditions out there are not as per the plan. Embrace the suck, these might be the moments you’ll remember most after some time.
  4. I learned running in winter is much easier than running in summer. It is the time you go below -10C, things begin to change with drop in every degree.
  5. I learned it is not important to be strong to challenge something bigger than you. It is important to feel strong, being at right place in your head.
  6. I learned it is very important to believe in yourself before you start anything. If you won’t, no else would. Self doubt is as hazardous as self inflation, both lead to catastrophic results.
  7. I learned faking smile in pain and tough times boosts moral. You end up doing things you couldn’t even imagine.
  8. I learned human contact is really important when you are out there in cold. Just to have someone around to empty your thoughts to, does wonders.
  9. I learned running in a group or with a partner makes ultra much easier irrespective of conditions. Being all alone, you only get slower and suffer.
  10. I learned I become stronger and wiser when I do things alone out there, but I enjoy and embrace more when I am with someone.
  11. I learned there is no bigger fun than sliding down a hill on a sled next to a 4-year-old, who trusts you will not let him fall.
  12. I learned if my hands are warm, I can do anything in cold. If they get cold, I am paralyzed and can do no good.
  13. I learned running or any outdoor activity in extreme cold require a great amount of focus, and there is no substitute for experience.
  14. I learned I can still fuck things up even if I have best gear and resources, and do not really know how to use them.
  15. I learned running in snow in extreme cold is much easier than running in snow in warm conditions. Also, running in fresh snow beyond 6 inches demands great deal of agility and technique.
  16. I learned even most raging rivers freeze in winter and running on them can be fun.
  17. I learned being alone is bliss and keeps you in peace, but being with family/community is more bliss, at times not so peace but makes you feel immortal.

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