I feel much better today. The snow and ice that have lingered for the better part of two weeks are gone. The sun is shining today and I was able to get out for a run. Yeah! Huzzah!
I had been out running exactly twice between the 4-mile race I ran Dec. 10 and today — 17 days with next to no running. Seventeen days of mostly being a couch potato and getting fat.
Anyhoo, the snow and ice melted yesterday. We had temps in the 50s Fahrenheit along with a lot of rain. That melted the snow. Today, I see the sun. I went out and ran. It was just 3 miles, but it felt good to be using my muscles again. My legs were protesting. My lungs did a bit of protesting. I took a couple of walking breaks. Now is the time to rededicate myself to getting and staying in shape.
My run today took me along a route I regularly run. The Rivergreenway goes through the grounds of Historic Fort Wayne, aka the Old Fort. This a replica of the third Fort Wayne near the confluence of the St. Marys, St. Joseph and Maumee rivers. “Mad” Anthony Wayne established a series of forts long the Maumee after he defeated a confederation of native nations at Fallen Timbers near what is now Maumee, Ohio, in 1794, including one that the leaders of the garrison Wayne left behind named in Wayne’s honor. This fort was built in the late 1970s or early 1980s and for several years was a living museum to life in 1816 (the year Indiana became a state). Nowadays several re-enactor groups have encampments at the fort periodically throughout the year, including one later in the winter.
Anthony Wayne spent only about a month in the area of the city — Fort Wayne — that now bears his name.
That’s enough history for now. I hope to be running a writing a little more often in the days and weeks ahead.