We've had a few glimpses here and there. Only to be dumped on by more ice, snow & cold. I'm trying to be content with it all. I truly believe in God being sovereign over all, including the weather. But we all have our breaking point. I think mine happened a long time ago.
I've joking mentioned more than once that I'm blaming my less than stellar running on the winter. And, of course, I want SOMETHING to blame. I reason and justify every aspect of my running. Although it really does make sense. The lack of sun. The lack of warmth. The excessive snow, ice & cold temperatures. I posted a pictures a few weeks ago of a 5 a.m. run that completely sucked. I remember during the run thinking "THIS IS NOT FUN ANYMORE!" I wasn't referring to the run itself, I never tire of the run, but the conditions that I've consistently ran in. Factor in my higher than usual treadmill use & my mind is beginning to entertain the thought of taking a break. As in not running at all for awhile. Those that know me, know that is real crazy talk!
Thankfully I always smack myself back to reality. I remind myself that I'm much tougher than this. Not that I'm issuing a challenge to the good Lord, but I can beat this. It might be hard & rough, but I will overcome & it will get better!! What doesn't kill me makes me stronger, right? Haha, well, let's hope so!
With spring starting this week I'm extra hopeful! I've managed a handful of sunny runs already. Often times that means skipping my early morning run. Which I really do like to have my run/workout done early and first thing in the morning. But when it's 4 a.m. and all I can think about is it being 20+ degrees warmer with the SUN shinning later that day, I tend to hop back in bed and head out later. On occasion that backfires and I don't quite get the run like I wanted, but it's still a run. In the sun. With some warmth. I'll survive. And the extra sleep is not hurting me.
I'm hopeful to see a rebound in many areas. My legs feel different being able to run on the actual pavement & not a coat of snow & ice. My pace is a little quicker. I'm hoping my skin will improve. I mean, no offense to you "white" peeps, but God gave me that little extra melanin for a reason....to be tan & darker skinned. Even my finger nails have turned all thin & brittle....ugh! While I'm no doctor or scientist, I'm linking it all to my lack of sun. If not, then I'll just stay in my little bubble of blissful ignorance. Sometimes just having an answer, or a theory at best, even if a wrong one, is better than nothing and just keeps me going.
What about you....
Are you craving the sun?
Any unusual signs/symptoms that you are thinking is due to this hard winter?