I’ve said it before and I’m sure I’ll say it many times again before this season is over. Winter training is hard. It requires a certain degree of flexibility and creativity that just doesn’t seem to arise as much during the summertime.
|This was from my text chain pre-run – options upon options|
Make no mistake about it – the run was hard, the wind was cold, and there was a point during the run where my hands became so numb that I could only take my gloves on and off using my teeth (which made stopping and starting my Garmin a real problem). It was one of those runs where you couldn’t think about what you were doing – and having good company (and a little fun) made all the difference. When running this particular course, there is a slight detour that you can make to add an especially large hill. The hill has become a key point of the run – both because it is really hard and because it marks the half way point of the run. Although by the time we reached the top we were gasping for air, we decided to take a moment to celebrate and have a little fun by taking selfies and basking in our accomplishment. It was one of those runs that had I been alone, would have been
|Half way there (cue Bon Jovi)|
completely awful (in fact, had I been alone I doubt I would have even finished it). But with a friend, the run was (somewhat) enjoyable, despite the cold temperatures and chilling wind. It was worth the break from taking ourselves so seriously – because some days are like that.
Make no mistake about it – I can’t wait until spring. I don’t generally find snow “pretty” and I would much rather run in shorts and a tank than leggings and a jacket. But runs like this are the ones that make us tougher – maybe not in a physical sense – but definitely mentally. Because sometimes just getting out there, in spite of the elements, is the hardest part.
What do you do to beat the winter blues? How do you remain flexible in your training? What has been your favorite memory from this winter?