The fifth week of 2017 begins with “I giorni della Merla” (in Italy the 29th, 30th and 31st of January are considered the coldest days of the year). On Monday is not so cold outside, but Tuesday is that kind of day that you just want to stay warm in bed.

It’s cold, sky is gray and a light fog is permeating through the air. With this weather I don’t feel motivated to run, but I have to run 12km at an easy pace, so I go outside with my running buddy Luna. After the first 3 kilometers, I get warm and I enjoy my running session. January is over and in the first month of the year I’ve run 300km.

Nebbia in Val PadanaOn the first day of February I have an interval training-workout: 15 x 500 meters. Fortunately it doesn’t rain, but there is a dense fog that renders the landscape in a subtle and delicate manner. In my 21 kilometers run, I don’t meet a single living soul. For this reason I’m totally absorbed in my thought and only a faraway noise sometimes distract me for a few seconds.

On Thursday I take a rest day. In Italy on February 2 is the Saint Candelora day. By this feast we have also a proverb regarding the weather:

For the Holy Candelora
if it snows or if it rains
we are out of the winter,
but if there is sunshine or even just a little sun
we are still in the middle of winter.

I haven’t seen the sun, so for this reason we should be out of the winter.

But on the same day, in the United States, they celebrate the Groundhogs day.

According to folklore, if it is cloudy when a groundhog emerges from its burrow on this day, then the spring season will arrive early; if it is sunny, the groundhog will supposedly see its shadow and retreat back into its den, and winter weather will persist for six more weeks.

In this 2017, Punxsutawney Phil predicts six more week of winter after seeing his shadow.

Maybe Punxsutawney Phil has made the right prediction, because on Friday it rains a lot. On this day I have to run 15km at an easy pace. It is the perfect workout to take Luna with me. But when it’s time to go outside, Luna goes under a blanket. The message is clear: Luna doesn’t like running in the rain.

Luna si nasconde sotto le coperte

On Saturday I’d like to run in the Euganean Hills’ trail, but the weather is not very good, so I take another rest day.

On Sunday I run 28 kilometers. There isn’t a properly winter weather because it is quite warm, but from the 17th kilometer it starts rain and never stopped until the end of my running session.

I’m really happy with my conditions and my weekly running sessions. I have to work hard for another month and then I will take part on my first marathon of the year: Treviso Marathon 1.4.