It’s no secret that I’m not a huge fan of running in the cold. But, seeing as I did very little running this fall and that I’ve registered to run a half marathon in May, I need to start to build my base back up and I can’t wait until spring to do that. We don’t belong to a gym and don’t have a treadmill, so outside running it is. I wear so many layers that Tim laughs at me, but I’m running very slowly right now so it takes forever to warm up, and I hate to be cold.
So, we finally pulled the trigger and bought a treadmill! Unfortunately, after we ordered it, it started the longest trip ever across the country to us, and we still don’t have it even though it arrived in Hagerstown, MD (just a half hour away) days ago. Our delivery is scheduled for Friday. It can’t come soon enough!
I’ve never owned a treadmill and I’m really excited to see how it might help me be more consistent with my running. Since having kids, I’ve found it really difficult to stick to regular training. I’ll be on a great stretch, and then all of a sudden, someone (or all of us) gets sick), or one of the kids goes through a bad sleep spell (which means Tim and I do too), or I’m going through a really busy time at work. Sometimes, all of these things happen at once, and then running just falls to the wayside, sometimes for days (or – let’s be honest – weeks) at a time. And once I stop, it’s really hard to get back in a groove, so sometimes days can turn into weeks, and weeks can turn into months.
It means I feel like I’m always starting over, like I am now. And I hate starting over with running, because it’s uncomfortable and hard and really not that much fun, especially when it’s 20 degrees out.
I’ve found that I can be the most consistent when I can run first thing in the morning, before work, before the kids are up. But I can’t do that now, because it’s too dark. (I don’t run in the dark alone for safety reasons.) If I plan to get a short run in during lunch, it often doesn’t happen, because I might be too busy and can’t break away. And, it definitely won’t happen after work, because that’s dinner/bath time, bedtime with the kids, and after that it’s too late and dark.
Having a treadmill will open up new possibilities. It will mean that if I want to get up at 5 a.m. and run, I can. Or I can run at 9 p.m. after the kids are asleep. Or I can run inside any old time I want instead of freezing my face off outside.
But one thing I will say about running outside here in the winter is that it’s beautiful. Like, really beautiful.
I went out one day last week, when it had warmed up above freezing, and ran on the canal path along the river. It had been so cold for so long that the river had frozen over, and we had gotten a wintry mix the night before, so the solid surface was covered with snowy ice crystals that sparkled under the sun. It was just dazzling. I couldn’t stop looking at it. It was the kind of run, the kind of day that made me feel really lucky and hopeful and excited about the year ahead.