Monday, July 22, 2013
It occurred to me that there is a lot of grumbling going on about the hot weather in the United States. We've even gotten several phone calls from family members in the north, with comments about how it's hotter up there than down here in Florida, where DW and I reside. "Oh, Vic, we were thinking about coming down there to cool off". Yuk, yuk.
We do get a lot of family visitors here in the winter. They come down to get warm, sleep in our freeloader suite and sponge off me and my overly generous DW. Apparently the northerners don't enjoy cold weather either.
I go with the flow. If it's raining, I train. Hot, cold whatever. My philosophy is: If I'm going to be a runner, it does me no good to be a fair weather runner. Running in adverse conditions just makes me stronger, and builds endurance. I mean, isn't that the point of hill runs and speed runs?
I realized this the very first time I did a long run in the hot weather. It was in the mid 90s and humid. I got real tired, had to slow down a lot. And there's not much room to slow down at my pace. Ironically, I felt both weak and strong simultaneously. Strong because I was doing something that few people do. I resolved to not complain about the heat, but "just do it". I don't believe I was 100% successful in not complaining, but if I caught myself thinking that way, I'd immediately reel in the bad thoughts. Besides, I knew I could cheat a little by starting earlier next long run, and lose a few degrees.
Perhaps the grumbling is just a form of small talk,"Hot enough for ya?", and not really complaining. Fine. It's just not something I am comfortable with. So, go ahead and bellyache about how hot it is. I'm going for a run.
Thanks for reading and have a great day.