For some reason I think if I just keep telling myself that the weather will not stop me from running that one day I will believe it. Today it is a toasty 40 degrees -which is HOT compared to the single digit weather we had last week. Some of the snow/ice even melted over the weekend making it much easier to run outside without waiting for your impending fall on a sheet of ice.
A lot of gyms even use the weather as a selling point. I ran into this today when going in for a new month session at Kosama (which I got for $19 from DealChicken :)). The lady kept trying to tell me that I need to sign up for a longer session and I kept telling her than I run 2-3 times a week so I can’t justify spending $79/month when I will only be there 3 times a week. And there she went – telling me how the weather is still going to be bad going into March. After that conversation it made me even more determined to get out in the freezing cold and run. It’s not for everybody but what the heck? I’m 25 and healthy – a little cold isn’t going to hurt me.
I think about all the runners who live in southern California or Florida where they have nice temperatures almost year round. I know I’m a little biased, but I think Midwest runners have a certain something that keeps us going through the single digit weather to the 105 humidity. I also think this is why I have the right to complain about it! My boyfriend has this theory that I run outside in the cold so I can have something to complain about for the next 2-3 hours. haha. Very funny. I just honestly cannot stand being on a treadmill for more than 10 minutes. Its horrible. So I pay the price of whatever the weather in Iowa wants to throw my way.
It makes me happy when I go to Grays even for a lap around the lake and see 10 fellow runners all bundled up also braving the cold. It’s like we have some sort of camaraderie. You get that all familiar runner’s high, but with a little something extra – the quiet, peaceful trail and the strength of knowing you persevere.
The real purpose of running isn’t to win a race; it’s to test the limits of the human heart. – Bill Bowerman, Co-founder of Nike, Inc.