(in no particular order)
*that some days are easier than others.
*that I don’t like to run while sick.
*that 5 degree runs aren’t that bad if I double up on tights and tops. And wear a face mask.
*yak trax are amazing (but I knew that already).
*that I really need to plan better or run early in the day.
*that I should invest in an iPhone armband thingie.
*that my running playlist needs some serious help.
*that maybe I should re-visit this challenge during the spring or summer.
*that Miles, at 4 years old and 32lbs, still fits in (and enjoys) the Bob.
*that a short run is always better than no run.
Committing to this challenge seemed easy at Thanksgiving. But faced with an uncommonly long string of single-digit temperatures really made it tough. Not just for me and my comfort, but I just couldn’t put Miles in the jogging stroller and take him with me when it’s that cold outside. I actually don’t mind running in the cold – in fact, I’ll take that over the heat anytime. And I don’t mind running in the dark either, especially since my sister-in-law gifted me knuckle lights for Christmas. Which are just what they sound like. Lights. For your knuckles.
I missed 9 days out of 35.That earns me a C for this year. But the real benefit I’ve observed is that I’ve re-learned how to run on consecutive days. Since my stress fracture, I’ve been very conservative with my running. Though now I know to follow a hard effort with an easy effort. And I’ve (mostly) gotten over the notion that a run isn’t really a run if it is less than 3 miles.
So I ran. I ran in the dark. I ran early in the morning and late into the evening. I ran during my lunch hour. I ran after work. I ran on a track and around my neighborhood.
I ran and ran. And it was good.