"There is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance." ~Joseph Addison
Winter in Michigan this year is great for skiing not so much for running.
For me I prefer training for fall marathons over Spring.
I have a harder time running in sleet, snow and frigid temperatures than heat and rain.
I got a message this morning from "Molina" who is training for the Princess Half Marathon AND 5K:
"Question- where do you even DO a long run in weather like this? I am scared to run on snow/ice and the gym track is 1/10th mile which means 100 laps. Ouch! I'm annoyed!"
My Answer TODAY was TREADMILL/GYM.
Last week I actually broke my run up. I did 2/3 of my run on the treadmill and then when that got totally boring I quickly headed to the track to finish the 13 miler. Running more than 8 miles alone on the track is sooo cumbersome. I get confused going around and around and lose track of my counting. I have to invest in a new watch that logs splits.
However most of us runners are die hard element runners too.
So here are my PRO's on Running Indoors In the Winter:
- Less layers..More aerodynamic!
- Can maintain speed drills, repeats and tempo training runs with precision.
- You do not have to be weighed down by a hydration belt (Water fits well on TM)
- You can watch a movie, flip through a magazine and run
- You can place your chomps, gum and whatever you like to run with on TM.
- You have plenty of running partners if you are on a TM at a gym..They might not know it though!
- It is more difficult to have your running partner with you
- Some TM's at the gym have a time limit
- Like "Molina" you could end up going around a indoor track about 100 TIMES!
- There is nothing like fresh air
- You can pick your route and run where you want
- Running outside trains your body better with elevations changes, weather changes, and road conditions differing.
- The elements can cause injury: ice, sleet, and snow
- Decrease visibility
- Risk of Hypothermia, if not dressed appropriately
Distance: 15 miles
Time : 2:06
I stayed on the TM for this run. The boys went with me. They went swimming and played ball.
I love the TV attached to the TM.
I used the holders for my chomps, lip gloss, New Runners World magazine,tissue and water. This was very convenient for a long run to not have to carry these on my run.
I considered running part of this run on the track but I got sucked into a marathon of Walking Dead on AMC.
My family are counting down to next Sunday when the new season begins.
I wanted to do the cold plunge on my knees and take a shower but Austin came over and did not look well. Sympathetic for his anxiousness to get home I grabbed my bag and bolted.
I am beat up. My body is feeling today's run. I am sore and tired. But not the tired you can sleep. I have had a hard time sleeping the past few nights. This morning I was up at 6am. All I could think about was Ariel. Everything went back to her. After church I decided to try and take a nap before my run but only fell asleep for about 15 minutes. I woke up to Austin snoring and more thoughts of Ariel.
I am Grateful though. I am Grateful for strong legs and a strong heart. I am Grateful for a heart that God fuels. I am thankful for the strength GOD has supplied me with. The Strength that gets me through physically, mentally and emotionally. I am Grateful for every thought, every drop of sweat, every step planted forward. I am Grateful.
I am Grateful for 15 minute naps sadness and hurting knees after a 15 mile run.
I am Grateful. Are you?
What Are YOU Grateful for today??
Please take a minute, think about it and share it with me.
If you want to turn your life around, try thankfulness. It will change your life mightily. ~Gerald Good