It's that time of the year again!
Training for the Bluenose Marathon has just started. Eighteen weeks of training, runs of increasing difficulty that will take us to the start line on May 18.
I can't say running in winter conditions is always fun. Who in their right mind gets out of bed at 5 am, gets dressed and steps outside in the dark, cold Canadian morning, to run on surfaces that alternate between black ice, fluffy snow and slush, often by minus 10 Celsius degrees or colder?
Well, apparently, my friend K and I are among those crazy runners who do. I know we're not alone. Dedicated "pseudo-athletes" like us everywhere find ways to fit serious training into their otherwise busy schedule. This is necessary if you want to run decently on race day, but it's also, for some of us, the best kind of medication.
Running (and strength and flexibility training) has "cured" most of my "ailments". When physical activity is an integral part of my life, everything else just seems to fall into place. Even if it means cutting back on my sleep and exposing myself to the hostile elements at a time when most people are still catching some Zs.
|Pavel P, Flickr|
So I don't care if getting ready takes almost as long as the run itself (so many layers to slip into!) I don't care if my eyelashes become crunchy. I don't care if the water in my bottle freezes hard. I'm outside breathing fresh air (fresh being an euphemism in this case), chatting with a beloved friend, and making sure I stay in shape (mental and physical). That's priceless.
Plus, running in this season truly makes winter go by faster. Especially given the fact that running makes any temperature feel about ten degrees warmer!
No matter what your fitness goal and "method" is, one thing is certain: the effort is worth it. Give yourself the gift of fitness now! Eighteen weeks is enough to make a difference.
Good luck in your endeavors!