Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Run the winter, don't let it run you!

Being new to running, you may be wondering what it's like running through the winter months. There are people who run from spring to fall and then go into hibernation for the six month Canadian winter. I know this because I used to be one of them. In March I would lace up my running shoes for the first time and head out and be in horror to find out I could not run more than a few minutes straight. By the time September came around I would be able to run 5K 6 minutes faster and actually enjoy my runs but as soon as the first hint of chill was felt, I would retreat into my house and complain about the winter weather.

I hated winter then and although it's still not my favourite season, I've actually found a way to make it seem so much shorter. I signed up for a clinic and committed to run all the way through the darkest months. To my surprise, it wasn't as bad as I had imagined. With just a few thin layers of clothing, I was able to get outside, get some much needed exercise as well as sunlight. I would often be surprised by how much nicer the weather was outside than I thought it was before I headed out. I was also surprised to find that everyone else thought I was mad and tended not to bother me as often, especially on the really cold days.

Before I knew it the weather was starting to warm up and there was light at the end of the tunnel and by the time March came around I was running comfortably and 7 minutes faster than the year before.

Be consistent, commit to a goal race and enjoy your winter.

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