It’s funny how after 10 months, running still seems so new to me. I like that. I attribute the feeling of newness to the fact that I’m continually thinking of ways to improve. Ways to go faster, go longer distances. For instance, I made the decision in 2012 to make all my short runs at least 3 miles.
Today I ran 6 miles and it was 35 degrees outside. Yesterday, I ran 4.5 miles and it was 27 degrees. I still don’t understand why I drag myself out of my bed when it’s freezing outside just to run. And it’s not because of the “runner’s high”. Everyone talks about the runner’s high but what they don’t tell you is that you don’t actually feel it until after the run is complete. I thought I would feel it while I was running and it would push me to keep going. Um no.
I don’t know why I do it but I do and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s definitely a love/hate relationship.
I’m finding that I’ve had to make many transitions while on this runner’s journey. Currently, I’m dealing with how to dress for really cold temperatures. Keeping my ears and hands warm is key as well as dressing in layers. Usually it takes about a half mile for my body to warm up. Today my thighs felt cold for a mile and a half. I also started to get really tired after mile 3 but once I hit mile 5 I began to get a second wind and started to speed up. Weird.
In March I’ll be celebrating one year as a runner by running my first 8k. The goal is to finish in less than an hour.