If you’re a runner or for that matter, anyone who likes to spend time outdoors either before or after work, you can totally sympathize that the time change this week stinks. It’s still dark in the morning for a 5:30 AM run and it’s dark, dark, dark after work. Last year I was still pretty new to running so this was an excuse to just go ahead and run less. I also learned to spend a couple of days a week at the Y, running on the treadmill. This year is not a similar story. Even post marathon, I’m logging somewhere between 25 – 30 miles a week.
Did I mention that I’m also not a fan of running on the treadmill. I try. I’ll do it if I have to, but when you’re running for 4+ miles at a clip, it’s really boring. The only thing that saves me is playing with the speed dial while I’m there. And of course if there are lots of other people there, I’m able to get a fill of people watching. But, as I’m sure many of you can understand, I would rather be outside.
So, on to the plan for this year. This year, I hope to make running dates with my running peeps as often as possible. I can drag my butt out of bed on a cold dark morning if I know that there is a smiley face there waiting to meet me. Okay well maybe they won’t be smiling either, but they’ll be there, waiting for me.
When I can’t make a running date due to conflicting schedules or what have you, I plan to continue to torture my dog with runs. Georgia is my six-year-old Golden Retriever. She has only recently begun running with me and she’s still not convinced that she’s into it. She does okay for the first couple of miles running ahead, sniffing around, etc. Typically by the time we hit a turn around point, she’s behind me and I spend the remainder of the run coaxing her, pulling her and trying anything under the sun to keep her running until we get back home.
Between these two strategies, I hope to continue to get out there through the darker months of the year and remain safe. If I have to I’ll use my gym membership that I pay a small fortune for each month, but I’d rather do that as little as possible. So, wish Georgia luck. We’re heading out in the AM for a 4-5 mile run. Hopefully she starts getting in shape soon and this will be a little less like torture and a little more enjoyable for both of us.