Changing Seasons, Changing Running Styles

Did you miss me yesterday? I bet you did. 😉 My server was down so I couldn’t post. But if my server was up, this is what I would have posted. I’ll have something else up later today as well. I think.

Micah doesn’t run in the cold. I don’t run in the dark. Between the two of us we make a pretty sorry winter running pair. And, I’m afraid, the winter is upon us. Now that daylight savings time has ended, it’s too dark for me to go running at night and too cold for him in the morning. We are having to figure out new schedules and I am wondering if our days of running as a family are over. The boys will probably still be just fine in the stroller next spring, but I can’t help but think that maybe a 4-year-old will be too big to push. I hope not. I dread the day we outgrow our SUV.

In the meantime, we are exploring other options. We did our first stints on the treadmill at the gym on Monday. I went out the door as soon as the boys were in bed, put in 40 minutes, then came home and let Micah have his turn. Honestly, it wasn’t my favorite. My shoes rubbed my feet differently than when I run on solid ground and my earbuds wouldn’t stay in my ears after about two miles. Treadmill running is a completely different kind of toughness that I was unprepared for, but I suppose I will be learning a little bit more about it this winter.

I say a “little bit” because I still want to run out of doors as much as I can. Last winter, when we started training for the Ragnar Relay in February, I was able to get myself out of bed and out the door just as the sun was coming up several days a week — even though I was still heavily involved in nighttime nursings. Certainly I can do it again this year. It should be easy now that I’m getting a full night’s sleep. Right? Ha. Ha. I am not a morning person. I know it is good for me to get up early, good for me to get my body going first thing, good for me to have some alone time to start off the day. But that doesn’t change the fact that it will be cold outside. And dark, at least when I wake up. And my husband and children will still be asleep in their warm beds.
So we’ll see how it goes. My goal is to wake up at the crack of dawn Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to put some nice cold miles on my legs. I can go later in the day on Saturday. And if it doesn’t work out, there’s always the gym. Me and the treadmill might just be good friends by the time spring rolls around.

ps. I got up at 6:30 and put in a little more than 5 miles before Micah had to go to work. It was lovely and our morning went so much smoother than our normal Friday morning. 🙂

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  1. Ok, you motivated me. I do not nurse but, I do have every-other-night feeding duties. So, I have no excuse, right? Right!
    I have grown to love the treadmill. It has carried me through the cold months. So, when my body starts telling me, “it’s too cold to go ANYWHERE! Stay warm in bed!” I can think to myself, well, I can stay indoors and still run.

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    lizzie Reply:

    This is true. I’ll have to tell myself that when I want to stay in bed . . . and that might be enough to get me out doors. 🙂

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