| Hiya Sumojo! I am happy to review your story from the "I write In 2020" forum. The Taboo words contest is certainly a challenge. I am not sure what the theme or taboo words were for this one.
The title is perfect as it gave me the main focus of the story and I imagined the routine of it. I am not much of a runner or a lover of cold weather so I could identify with the first wake up call of a winter run! Of course, I live where there is a ton of snow and ice so I have no desire to run. Being on the beach might be nice..at least for views even in winter.
Your description of the setting, and the effects of running are vivid and I laughed at the dog antics! Ew. I can imagine that eye! My cat used to bring little gifts.
I liked the "Polar Bears" as a name and how amazing folks like to swim all year round! I appreciate the feeling the runner has after the run as it gives the idea that it has positive effects and motivates him to do more. Exercise can lift the spirit.
I enjoyed reading the tale out loud as it flowed well with effective phrasings (like "I wonder at the wisdom") and active verbs with thematic vocabulary to paint a clear picture...both of the scene, character's feelings and thoughts. It had a clear beginning and end, staying on topic revealing the runner's changing feelings about the day and I appreciated the bit of dialogue and the relationship with the dog.
I did notice the word "along" was repeated in this line and felt you only needed it one time.
"I jog along the icy cold wetness along the water’s " Maybe just put "wetness of the water's edge"? I like the personification of the wave having an intent. Gosh, how cold to run in bare feet!
I noticed a typo in "At lzast" I would maybe reread to add commas where you have broken phrases.
The personal tone and vibrant descriptions made this a delight to read. Thanks for sharing your vision and craft. Run..er..Write on!
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