Every Run Begins With A First Step

stopwatchIt’s been a long time since I’ve written a post about running, Modern Philosophers.

Most Winters, I am able to put on my heaviest running toga, lace up my running shoes, and hit the road to get a little mileage under my belt before Spring arrives.

This year, however, I have not run at all.  It’s been too cold, too snowy, and I simply haven’t had the desire to wake up at the butt crack of dawn to get in any exercise.

Besides, where in the world would I run?  There is snow everywhere!

I have definitely packed on some Winter weight, and I am not happy with how I look or feel.  I’ve told myself I’m going to get out there and start dating again, but there’s no way I can do that when I’m not confident in my looks.

I would’ve thought that all the shoveling I’ve done would have me in excellent shape, but I guess I’ve enjoyed too many comfort foods to help me survive a cruel, lonely Winter.

So I know that running is the key to my moving forward towards a happier life.  Because that’s the case, the activity has certainly been on my mind lately.  I’ve been checking the weather reports, and it looks like we might finally get a break from his hellish Winter existence soon.

With that in mind, I took the first step in my 2015 Running Program today…

I downloaded a stopwatch app onto my new phone.

Sure, that might seem like nothing to you, but to me, it’s a sign that I’m serious about becoming the running addict I’ve been in the past.

just runPlus, it’s a really cool app that announces my time to me.  I can’t wait to use it.

So, be on the lookout for a multitude of running posts soon.  The best way to get over this Winter is to run from it.

Anyone want to be my running partner?  Who else is looking forward to leaving Winter in the dust and getting back out on the road?  Has anyone tried to run outside in this weather?

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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65 Responses to Every Run Begins With A First Step

  1. livingonchi says:

    There are only two things I can do right now. Snowshoe on a trail pocketed with foot-deep boot holes, or share an icy road with cars that go too fast. I am so over winter.

  2. I can’t run with my bad knees, but I miss walking/hiking the nature trails out here. I tried last week on a warmer day and I still would have tried in the snow, but the preserve was locked up tight. I refuse to use a treadmill, I need the fresh air. And stop with the not confident in your looks… you’re a very handsome man, and quite humorous if you’ve forgotten. Do I need to remind you of all of this Mr?! 😉

  3. I can’t run during the winter. I’m not a fan of being outside in the cold. During the spring, summer, and early fall I try to go running though.

  4. adamjasonp says:

    Ah…running posts. ~mental pain~
    …Unfortunately, I can’t walk/run for more than a couple of miles with a few *cough cough* medical issues.
    And the confidence thing should not be about body image, but about not wasting time—yours or your partner’s. Sure, get in shape, get the forward motion going. But denial is not healthy.

  5. markbialczak says:

    Run down to visit Rebecca, Austin! Oops. There I go again, doing my best sort of running. Running at the mouth … 🙂

  6. Joseph Nebus says:

    I used to do a fair bit of running in place, but that was before I had a pet rabbit who’ll glare at me for doing such a daft thing.

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