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Am I a runner?


Sunday, February 03, 2013

I call myself a runner. emoticon

I ran almost every other day last Spring and Summer. I would race up the hill on the final stretch of my run in front of my apartment building and praise my inner Rocky for breaking through the wall and pushing myself. My reward was the runners high that elates me to the point of calling my friends because I'm so pumped!!! I call myself a runner.

Then it rains, or I'm sick, or it's winter...like now. I'm indoors with my cardio. My fitness priorities haven't wavered, but I've swapped the sneakers pounding the pavement for a DVD and annoying the people below me with my indoor plyo or kickboxing or what ever is on the cardio menu for the day.

I tell myself that I'm being safe. I don't want to risk slipping on ice and injuring myself. I don't want to catch a cold from sweating in below zero temperatures...

Yesterday I went into the office (on a Saturday ...shudder) and as I was pumping gas into the car I saw a group of about 5 people running .... and there was snow, and it was windy, and it is Winter, and uber early... but there they were! I bet they were even older than I am!!

I'm a runner? I'm a seasonal runner? True, when I had the trial gym membership (can't justify the price right now) I ran in the winter, but on a treadmill. Nothing beats the outdoors with the hills, the twists and turns, the scenery, sounds and smells!

I need to educate myself on winter running. I really want to be a full fledged runner. It's the one time I feel athletic as my hand eye coordination is basic at best. When I run I feel strong, free, powerful, happy, athletic... I run and I think about the family I lost. I run for them, for me, for pushing myself when my body says stop but I keep going!

My goal is to speak with people who run in all climates and get advice. We have a running group at work. I will contact the coordinator of that group and get some answers. I will adjust my running to the road conditions. I want to stop the excuses. A friend once told me if you only run when the weather is perfect, you'll only run a handful of times a year.

So that's another goal. Be a runner...anywhere!

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MSPRUYT 2/3/2013 9:00PM

    Hi,

Thank you so much for your great information. Looks like I have some items to invest in. I've never heard of Yak Trax but will look them up.

I'm hoping to be able to find the clothing you suggest at decent prices.



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PJBONARRIGO 2/3/2013 11:19AM

    Woo Hoo! Have you tried Yak Trax? There are several types, but they make it easy to run confidently in the ice and snow without slipping at all. That and layers of clothing will take you out on successful winter runs. I have 3 layers on top and 2 on the bottom that breathe- (not cotton!) and I wear silk glove liners under my thinsulate gloves. I even have the new ones so I can answer/use my phone. A hat that usually comes off (too hot after a while), double sox (thin knee highs and smart wool) and and I'm good to go. I add 20 degrees to the outside temperature and dress accordingly. The challenge is to still drink as much as you do when you run in the summer- I have to work on that one. I hope this helps to get you outside, run happy! emoticon


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