Monday, January 21, 2008

March of the Penguin

I watched this rather fascinating documentary about the yearly trek of the emperor penguins in Antarctica last night for the first time. I have to say, I have a whole new respect for penguins. Not that I didn't respect them before, but... well, you know... they're penguins. It wouldn't have ocurred to me there was much to respect. But how mistaken I was! Truly astounding animals, penguins are.


I haven't blogged in a long while. I've been feeling rather uninspired, both with my running and my writing. It's not that I'm not running, because I certainly am. Training even. I logged nearly 90 miles in the month of December and look to top 100 this month by the time it's over. I'm just feeling so terribly blah about it all and I'm sure a lot of it has to do with the weather. For the first time in my running career, Mother Nature is really getting me down and I'm supremely annoyed with myself for allowing it. I haven't blogged because there's not much to blog about in the first place. And because I want to keep you all as family and friends, I'm not willing to subject you to my perpetual whining and bellyaching about the weather. So, I stay quiet, huddled in my sorry little mass of self-pity.

But last night watching the penguins, I suddenly found myself inspired. I stared intently at the screen and thought, "if a BIRD can waddle literally hundreds and hundreds of miles in -80 degree weather against 300 km winds in only its feathers and survive, surely I can run outside a few times a week in my four layers of clothing and do the same."

So, it's cold. So, it snows. So, there's ice. So, it's windy all the flippin' time. Get over it, already.

This penguin's marching on.

13 comments:

Allen said...

I'm glad you've been running, Angie, so you'll be ready for the Ogden Marathon. Just keep daydreaming of you crossing the finish line,hundreds of people are cheering, and there are beautiful spring flowers everywhere.

Non-Runner Nancy said...

Good for you!! TV sometimes does that to me too. I think you were ready to be inspired again. (and we don't mind if you lean on us a little, even whine, that's why we are here!)

Jim said...

I had the very same reaction to the March of the Penguins. What incredibly impressive animals. And talk about parental dedication! Think any of US would keep sitting on that egg when it's -80 and windy and there's a woodstove burning inside and a game on? Why, I think not! Good thing cable hasn't some to Antarctica....yet.

Joe said...

I've got the blahs too. Don't worry about it. It will pass as Spring draws nearer.

P.O.M. said...

Damn. YOu're right. We (I mean "I") really have no flippin' excuse!

Ovens2Betsy said...

So good to hear from you! We've had some frigid weather over the past couple of days, but fortunately it's also been rather sunny (which is SOOO rare). Hopefully you'll thaw out soon.

Frayed Laces said...

I used to feed penguins when I interned at an aquarium in college. Lemme tell you, those buggers are vicious and can nearly take away your flippin' fingers with their beak--especially if you try to bother them when nesting. So, there you go: a perfect mascot for you. Resilient about cold weather, and will bite at anyone who gets in their way. Waddle on.

See Zanne Run said...

you're back! yay! and hey, if you can't whine on your own blog, then where can you whine?

this too shall pass ... the weather, i mean. i know i don't even get an eighth of what you get there & i think i've whined enough for both of us.

Chesno Slova said...

I'll have to watch that Ang. I went out yesterday morning at 5:45am and it was -14. I did a couple miles. Boy was it cold. -17 this morning, but I didn't go out. That will be this evening after work.

Damn you global warming!!!

Allison Weenig said...

Angie...I love your blog. You totally crack me up. I can't imagine how depressing all that cold weather must be (says the annoying California girl!) I'm so impressed you still run so much. The only time I'm okay with being cold is when I'm skiing. Then it is SO worth it. I loved March of the Penguins too. The penguins just seemed so...human! Weird. Loves, kisses, and good running vibes!

Christie said...

I was wondering what happened to you. I'm glad to see you're still doing your thing. Hang in there.

Allison Weenig said...

Thanks so much for the good advice. I hadn't even thought of swimming! What a great idea. I can totally do that..AND it will be a total workout..'cause I suck at swimming.

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