Dear Punxsutawney Phil:

If I’m not mistaken, this coming Tuesday, Feb. 2 is your big day. People from all around the nation–the world even–will be watching to see what happens when you come out of your den that morning. If you see your shadow, it means we have six more weeks of winter ahead of us. If not, an early Spring.

Now I don’t know if you can fix these things, but if you can, I’m here to request that you please, please, arrange not to see your shadow. You see Phil, I’m really tired of winter, this year more so than others. Let me tell you why:

* Winter came a bit early to my part of the country–I think we deserve an early spring as a result.
* I’m tired of long runs where by the end of the run, my jaw is so numb I can barely converse.
* I’m tired of strong winds that make me feel like I’m standing still when trying to run. Not to mention that they dry my contacts out and I have to spend the rest of the day in glasses.
* I really miss running in shorts.
* When I’m stuck inside during the winter, I tend to eat too much; this isn’t very good for racing.
* After long runs in the cold, I come back in and take really long, hot showers. This isn’t good for my skin or for the environment.

Phil, today after my long run and shower, I realized I am close to my breaking point. The sun was streaming in through my window and I actually yelled at it for showing up after, not during, my run. I love the sun, Phil; I don’t want to yell at it.

So no pressure or anything, but there are a lot of runners like me who, come this Tuesday, will have our eyes on you. Do the right thing Phil.

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  1. Pat says

    Did you see that PETA wants them to use a mechanical groundhog? The mayor said that Phil is treated,"better than most children in the state of PA" and that PETA has bigger battles to fight.

  2. Jodi says

    Very funny. I couldn't agree more and either could Izzy. She won't even go outside to pee in this kind of weather!