Friday, October 12, 2012
So for those of you who live in a northern state, what I'm about to write about you will totally understand. For those of you, who are able to bask in 50+ degree weather year round, will not have the faintest idea about what I'm complaining about.
In Wisconsin about this time of year, the weather is transitioning from summer to winter. What that means in terms for a runner is that you will be soon developing a love/hate relationship with your treadmill. Especially if you work during the day and have limited opportunity to get out during the day and run. Don't get me wrong, I love fall, it's my favorite season. It's the season that follows fall, that I really don't like; WINTER! Daylight becomes almost non-existent (8 hrs, tops!) and between sub-zero windchill, ice, snow and wind, outside running becomes a challenge.
Yesterday, really reminded me how quickly winter is approaching and soon my outdoor runs will be limited to just the weekends. By the time, I got home from work and dressed and out the door, I was down to just about an hour of 'runnable' daylight and this was at 5:30pm! If I want to get my goal mileage in, there will be no walking today. As, it is I'm just going to be squeaking in 5 miles as it is. I also, underestimated how chilly it was outside. After a summer of 90+ degree weather, 40 degrees is quite a stark contrast and with a nice chilly wind I didn't dress warm enough. Dang, should have put another layer on. Oh, and it's harvest season around here, so there were a few bigger tractors that I also encountered on my route.
It was a challenging run but, the thought of doing 50 minutes on a treadmill or 50 minutes outside with all that goes with it, I'll take the outside run any day of the week.