So Phil and I headed out for our weekly run together this afternoon. We waited and waited for the warmest part of the day but settled for the -14 C part. While we were out I entertained myself by listing the reasons why we continue to run outside in the winter.
I came up with eight. I’ll admit it’s hard, very hard, even, to pull on your shoes had head out when the mercury is buried in the bottom of the thermometer and frozen flakes are falling from the sky. But you should. And if it helps, feel free to borrow any or all of my reasons to suck it up and run in the winter.
#8. It’s beautiful. Why is this the bottom of the list? Because it’s ALWAYS beautiful. It’s an amazing world and when you’re running you get to see some of the spots that don’t receive as much press or appreciation. Open your eyes. Enjoy the blue sky and the snowy white blanket.
#7. The trails are not crowded.
Really, really not crowded. And the few runners and walkers and snowshoers you meet will be very friendly.
#6. It ensures your continuing membership in the crazy runner club. -14 C today? No worries. Gotta pay the dues.
#5. You can procrastinate until 9 a.m. and STILL enjoy the sunrise while you’re playing on the trail.
#4. Too many days without running makes you twitchy. And irritable. Really. It’s just better for everyone if you suck it up and head out.
#3. Peace of mind. No worrying about bears in January and February. They’re all napping, enjoying their long winter snooze. I can run without checking over my shoulder every time I hear rustling in the bush.
#2. You sometimes get a glimpse of the future.
Did you know Phil will still be cute when his mustache is completely white?
And #1….Spring is coming. Trust me. When the day comes for your next half, you’ll be happy you did. Can’t wait.
See you on the trails, pals.