Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Watch that First Step: Candlemas, the Super Bowl and Groundhogs (2/2/14)

Making the turn for home

Race: SuperSunday5
Location: Kendall Square, Cambridge
Goal Time: 32:30
Actual Time: 31:41

In the dregs of winter, one can often wonder: Will this ever end?

Early February becomes such a traditional time to dread the continuation of winter.  So much so that in Western Europe there are several traditions about weather and the Christian feast of Candlemas.

In England there is an old saying from sailors:

If Candlemas Day is clear and bright, 
winter will have another bite. 
If Candlemas Day brings cloud and rain, 
winter is gone and will not come again.

If that is true, we could be in trouble.  Sunday was a beautiful day.  The weather for the RaceMenu SuperSunday5 was perfect.

Of course the French argue the opposite:

Quand la Chandeleur est claire,
l’hiver est par derriere; 
Chandeleur couverte 
quarante jours de perte


The Germans actually have a crazy Candlemas tradition.  If a hibernating animal comes out at Candlemas and sees its shadow.  Interestingly, a bunch of Germans settled in Pennsylvania.  There, they found lots of these weird ground rodents.  AHA!

If today was a bellweather, it was unhelpful.  It was neither good nor bad.  Middling run was not seeing my shadow, nor was it was it clean and bright or Chandeleur couverte.

Felix did come out to see me at mile four - crutches and all.  That was awesome!

Laurie and her family are in our thoughts...

Can't believe how bad the Broncos were

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