As I’ve mentioned before, I took up running a few weeks ago as a way to help me break through a plateau and also to continue to challenge myself. Some of the exercises I was doing were getting too easy and I knew I wasn’t getting the workout (and calorie burn) that I needed.
When I started the 5 week Walk/Run your way to a 5K program, the Northeast was having some unseasonably mild weather. It was so much fun running outside along the East River in Manhattan (by work) or by the Duck Pond (by home) when the sun is shining and it’s a balmy 75 degrees. Those first two weeks were so easy to motivate myself because the weather was so nice. But this last week (week 3 of my program) has returned to the usual March weather in NY: cold and rainy.
I managed to get the first two training runs (walk 3 min, run 2 min, then repeat) in this week on the days it didn’t rain and were fairly warm. But there was no way to get around the weather issue for the third and last run of this week since the forecast was all rain all the time for the end of the week.
So on to…
I forced myself to run even though the ground was still wet from the rain and it was COLD, COLD, COLD. I HATE the COLD. I DESPISE IT. I’m not a cold person. I hate the winter and I love the summer. So yeah, I am rather proud of myself for not letting the weather be a de-motivating factor. Now, we’ll see if I can actually motivate myself to run on a day when the rain never lets up…
Since it was cold and miserable out, the only people there were other runners. Sure I can fool myself into thinking I’m one of those dedicated runner types. Yeah, right. But it was an ego boost nonetheless. And because there was no one there, it was much less distracting for me since I didn’t have to dodge baby carriages, bicyclists, and geese. The geese are EVERYWHERE. It shouldn’t be called the Duck Pond but rather the Canadian Geese Pond. Even though there are many signs asking people not to feed the geese, people still do. And when there are people around, there are a lot of geese around and therefore a lot more geese poop to avoid when running. I like not having to step in geese poop.
The trail was super slick from being wet and it meant I had to be careful about how I ran on the wet asphalt. I’ll have to pay more attention to this issue because I can totally see myself slipping and hurting myself in the future. I guess this is where my newbie running naiveté shows because I just never thought about how the surface might affect my running ability.
I also swear it’s harder to run when it’s colder out. The 2 min running interval was hard for me this week but it seemed much harder yesterday as compared to the other 2 runs this week.
When I exercise, I tend to get snotty (aren't you so glad I shared?). When I’m indoors exercising, it’s usually not so bad but when I run, I feel like I’m a snot factory. I felt like an even bigger snot factory yesterday because it was so cold. Or maybe my mold allergies were in super high gear. Whatever the case, I’ve got to remember to pack some tissues with me next time. Why can't I ever remember?
When is the warm weather coming back?