I’m just going to put it out there: I am not a winter runner.
I hate the cold. If I didn’t love this city, I wouldn’t put up with this cold year after year. When I run in the cold, no matter how appropriately I’m dressed in layers or how hot a bath or shower I take when I get home, it takes me forever to shake that cold again…and it’s not worth it.
ButÂ running is such a piece of who I am that I can’t help but wonder over the winter if any winter blues are also partially because I’m not running. (I do do some treadmill running, but it’s just not the same.)
But I’m getting back in my running groove (which is good, because I’m running the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler next weekend!), and…thank god. I run for so many reasons, but mental health is a huge one. Running isÂ not my therapy (my therapist is) but is sure as hell is therapeutic.
I’m back to my morning miles on Wednesdays with Nike Run Club. It’s really nice that they do a dynamic warmup, but it means that that 7:04 run doesn’t really start till around 7:15. Oh well. As I’m getting back in my groove, it’s really nice to have people to meet up with.
photo via Anne
I’m also happy to be back to run dates. My girl AnneÂ was in town this weekend, and we met up for some miles and chat. I still got it. I’d nearly bailed on her and asked if we could just brunch since my legs were TOAST from Fhitting Room on Friday, but I sticked the hell out of them, and they were much better, and I was much happier.
At brunch after, we chatted about upcoming races, and I realized I have SO many more coming up than I realized: Cherry Blossom, More/Shape Half, Newport 10K (more TK on that soon), Brooklyn Half and the Seawheeze Half.
I do want to do 9+1 this year so that I can run NYC next year, so I need to get on more local races. Hopefully the Oakley 10K will be part of my race calendar again.
Oh, and today I met Meb (!!!!!!!!!) at a KT Tape event. He’s running Cherry Blossom, too, so I’m thinking we’ll just run together probably.
And then went to an event with ZensahÂ at Mile High. I love life and running right now.
I’m done trying to beat Jordan’s time, so we’re just going to race Brooklyn together. I’m thinking of just trying to replicate my plan with JessÂ from last year since it worked so well.
Which races are you doing?? How/when do you get excited about running again?Â Run celebrities you’d like to meet?