Petersburg Pilot -

Running outside during winter


January 27, 2022

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Through writing this story, the author overcame his own hesitation about running on ice and snow. Seen here hitting the winter streets for his first after-work run in two months, a passing vehicle gives Jess Field generous space as he runs past the PVFD firehall this week.

Lower back pain, that's what made Dave Thynes start running one fall, almost a decade ago. He'd grown tired of going to the medicine cabinet for multiple ibuprofen, and occasionally having to resort to pain killers, as a means to cope with "goofed up discs." He chipped away at running and, after a rocky period of his back adjusting, it became his new thing.

"By the wintertime I was feeling really good with my gains, and I had lost a lot of weight," Thynes says. "So, I just went ahead and got some of those stretchy grippers, that you can get at the drug store, and kept at it real lightly."


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