Winter is "in our face" here! I can't remember it ever being this cold. But it is cold and it sometimes makes it very difficult to go outside. All I want are my pjs, a warm fire, and a hot cup of tea. However, I also want to run Boston well, so off to train I go. I really am unable to sit for too long anyway.
I found that there are a few ways that help me get out on difficult days like this one: looking forward to a big hot breakfast after a long run, creative logging-I get to color, and making and running with new friends. Which was the case for me today. I met Jen briefly on a group run a few weeks back, but we never had a moment to really talk. After posting a request for anyone to tag along with me for my Saturday long run, Jen accepted the casual invite. I was delighted.
After settling into a groove, and except for the huffing grunts up the big Antelope hill, we talked the whole way. We talked of family, running shoes, injuries, girl business, and running in general. Basically, we got to know each other. I found that I genuinely liked her. All that talking made us forget about the cold. Well, for a little bit. At one point, we realized we had frost on our faces. Yep, it was cold!
It has been said many times before, that if you are not a runner, you just don't get it. I do and will always believe that to be true. How can you explain to someone who doesn't run about running with pain, or the exhilaration you feel before, during, or after a run, or that we will brave the weather and head out no matter the conditions just because we want to run. That no matter all the wind, snow, rain, or pain we will do this day in and day out. I can't explain it, and if you want to know, just run. All I know is that I love it, and I can't wait to do it again, and again, and again.