I’ve mentioned before that Jen and I have committed to running together two days a week. We drop the kids off at school (or meet an hour before pickup) and hit the road (or the trails). We’ve never run less that 5K, and after a couple of 8+ km runs, we’ve made a more solid commitment: Our ‘short’ run day will be a minimum of 6K, and our ‘long’ run day will be 8-10K. Each week.
Running does not come naturally for me; my body is not built for it. But I do it and man does it feel good when I’m done. Having a running partner has changed everything for me. Yes, it’s still hard, but we talk and we laugh and we spur each other on. On days where I want to give a big middle finger to running, Jennifer laughs and makes me run further than I had planned. On days where she was secretly hoping that I wouldn’t show up, I do, and tell her to GET RUNNING LADY. On days that we’re both not feeling it we do it and feel extra victorious when we make it out alive.
In addition to our distance commitment, we’ve committed to running outside all winter. Outside! ALL WINTER. Now, as much as Americans (and a lot of Canadians) think that we’re buried in snow six months of the year, it’s simply not the case. We’re not in (rainy) Vancouver, but we’re also not in the (Arctic-like) Prairies. We’ll get snow, and then it melts. And then we get more snow, and then it melts. So on, and so forth. Except on the ski hill, where it SNOWS. We’re REALLY EXCITED ABOUT THAT.
Jenn bought us some slip-on running trax for running in the snow. I bought some new running gear (Compression pants! Which leave nothing to the imagination!) and plan on wearing my ski jacket on the colder days. I’m already wearing gloves, but might have to buy a balaclava or something? Maybe?
I’m thinking I may need another layer of pants as well, and also a good head shake, because who runs outside in the winter?
(Two winters ago I stopped running altogether and getting started again in the spring was horrible. Last winter, I got a gym membership and ran on a treadmill 2-3 times a week. Treadmill running is as boring as you might imagine. So horrible, so monotonous. The only upside was keeping my running stamina up.)
Do any of you run/exercise outside in the winter? I’d love some advice/gear recommendations.