Ode to Winter...........Really?
As of late the weather has been a big issue in the Chicagoland area due to the unseasonably cold temperatures that we have been having. With regards to running, either it is bone chilling cold or the paths are not cleared enough to run on even with yak tracks, and DST has not taken place as well so darkness still prevails. The saying “When Hell freezes over” well they might have run out of fire at this point, and the Sun has been on vacation and only comes out occasionally like it has limited plans to return. When I cannot get outside to run that really alters my mood for I do not like going indoors. My motivation of sorts is somewhat based on planned races or just trying to maintain my base by getting in miles the best way I can. Right now I seem to be in a “weird” space and just trying to keep things in order with regards to running.
I have tried to adjust somewhat by going to the gym and running laps on the track. Running in circles is mind over matter to a certain extent but it also becomes very boring and my mind does not like it (lol). I will not run on a treadmill for that is the ultimate death (JMHO) so it’s like the laps are the lessor of the two evils. I do not want running to go from something that I enjoy doing into something that I “have to do” in terms of a job or a chore. Running brings me peace-of-mind something to look forward to in the morning to start my day or after work when I need breathe and regroup hence, a joy.
I have incorporated a weight training plan because I feel that strength is needed for my core, which supports my legs as I run. When I was training for the marathon in 2013 everybody kept telling me that I needed core training and it helped. So by adding something else to my running routine it helps when I cannot run, and alters my focus a bit to change things up. I have a training plan that I keep on the calendar but if it has to be altered then so be it. My goals are not that complicated or fussy when it comes to running for the goals are tailored to what I want out of running.
Motivation can be a bit overrated either you want to run or you don’t. I look at running as something that I have made a part of the lifestyle that I try to live, something that I want to do, not that I “have to do”. When running is part of your lifestyle it becomes part of one’s everyday schedule like work, school, etc. It is probably the easiest to alter or adjust due to weather, illness, etc. but it should not be shelved. Everybody has their own ways of being motivated, inspirations, or some may have nothing at all. Just do what is best to keep you off the couch. #PathRunner #Changeyourmind-Changeyourlife
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