I'm having a big love/hate thing with my running right now. Ok, not so much the actually running, but the conditions that I'm out about in. I do a large percentage of my running outdoors. I just can't stand to be inside that much. Since I live in the midwest we experience all 4 seasons to the max. This year it seems more than usual the weather conditions we are having. I'm used to all the cold, ice & snow in January or February. And it's not even officially winter yet & I've had enough. To add to the conditions it keeps changing in drastic ways. 10 days ago I was putting on 4 layers & running in sub 0 degrees. Today I had on a light layer and that was almost too much. MAKE UP YOUR MIND!!!!
I'm not complaining. Really! It does keep things interesting. And just when I think I can't take another sub 0 run it warms up to 29 and it feels like I'm lounging on a beach. So I'm thankful for the variety, it's just so silly, crazy & unpredictable.
The one thing I really struggle with is the snow. It comes in as a close #2 thing I hate about running outside, right behind wind. I can handle all the heat and/or extreme cold in the world & still run happy as a clam. But add some wind and I'm about to die. And snow......UGH! We are just not friends. In theory I like the idea of snow, but there seems to be no happy medium with it. It's either really soft & fluffy, which looks amazing & so pretty, but all I do is slip & slide around in it. Or it's slushy & wet & all I do is slip & slide around in it. The only kind of snow I seems to like to run in/on is the hard packed kind, but then that gets tricky because we can easily slip (ha, ha....get it) into icy conditions. So no matter how I look at it snow & I are not getting along. Yet what do I do most of the time.....I head out the door & run in it.
Running at 4:30 or 5:30 a.m. has it's many advantages. Yes, I know some of you can't think of one, but for me it's rather delightful & ideal. One of them being there is little to no traffic out at that time. So while so many sidewalks or the side of roads are still filled with snow I can avoid them & run in the street & not worry about it. But sometimes I get tired & want to "sleep in" (meaning I don't up until 5:30 - 6 a.m.) so I miss that opportunity to run. On days like today I did just that, but on the positive side I get to head out in the daylight. Some days, in addition to being tired, I just crave the sunlight. My body just responds better & I'm just a hair more rested. The downside is all the traffic I battle & being forced up on the sidewalks where I lament over my love/hate of the snow. It's a never ending battle, one that I push through every single day.
I participated in Third Time's a Charm Runner sock swap. I was super excited & ripped open my package from Andrea over at Age Groups Rock. It came to me all the way from Vermont. I don't think I've ever known anyone from Vermont. How exciting!!!! Here is what she sent me:
Do you like running in the snow?
Did you participate in a secret santa or gift exchange of some kind?