So it’s that time of year… the nights are getting darker, the trails muddier and the weather colder. Running is becoming a chore and for most runners taking those first steps out the door is the biggest challenge.
So…. here’s a few reasons to enjoy running and those winter miles.
YOU CAN RUN ANYWHERE – literally anywhere, up a hill, through a field, off road, on road, and everywhere in between. Pretty much every other form of exercise is limited in some way but not running, it’s free.
YOU CAN RUN IN ANY WEATHER – It starts snowing… so what! Running elevates your heart rate enough to keep your body relatively warm (as long as your not doing ultra distances… even then you can just whip on another layer). And lets face it nothing beats a nice hot bath after a cold muddy xc. The weather is NEVER an excuse – as everyone out training at Carnegie last Tuesday can attest as we slogged on in monsoon and lightning conditions.
THE CHALLENGE OF THE CLIMB – Running up hill is tough. But then again so is life. Running gives you a very tangible feeling of pain and achievement – getting to the top of the hill, cracking out a great training session, or achieving a racing pb gives a brilliant sense of achievement. And it’s addictive!
THE VIEW FROM THE TOP – Mission accomplished. There is no better feeling than working hard for something and reaping the rewards. Running up a hill in the lakes = great view from the top (unless it’s misty but let’s skirt around that one). Training hard for a race = personal best performance. Getting fit and running more often = changing your body shape for the better and feeling energized. Work hard to get up that hill and you will be a better person for it.
RUNNING DOWN HILL – Feeling free, feeling fast, whizzing downhill. Pure magic and adrenaline.
MAKING FRIENDS ALONG THE WAY – Runners are a friendly breed. A friendly nod and greeting is almost compulsory as you pass a fellow runner, it makes us feel good. Fast or slow we are all part of the same special club, outside and exercising. For me my closest friends are pretty much all runners, met through clubs and races, we have shared some special experiences and most importantly understand the same language…. let’s face it, if we referred to a ‘hard grass session’ to anyone out of the running community it may be misconstrued…