Well, it’s not official yet, but my gauge of winter is when my water in my bottle ends up significantly colder by the end of a run, and that test was passed a couple of weeks back. So, in my books, winter running has arrived.
I love winter running. Don’t get me wrong, it’s psychologically much harder to get outside than in the other seasons, but there’s nothing like a trail run in the snow. Unfortunately, I have been too busy and/or lazy to go outside, so most of my short runs have been on the treadmill. But that will change soon, due to a matter beyond my control. My treadmill is breaking.
It’s happened before; the belt is nearly worn out and will break soon. So it seems that I am being punished for not taking advantage of the beautiful running weather. Beautiful might be an overstatement, especially for someone who prefers night runs- it can get pretty blistery in New York on winter nights.
By the way, Sarah Palin was quoted (in Runner’s World, I believe) as saying she was a runner and toughs it in the Alaskan weather. So for those in need of motivation to run outside in the cold, just think “If Sarah Palin can do it…”