How I Thawed Out My Running Shoes And My Willpower

Austin first runOkay, Modern Philosophers, who had March 7th in the Running Pool?

Yes, I finally went for my first run of the year this morning.  That’s me there on the left, right before I left The House on the Hill.  Don’t I look thrilled?

How did I finally thaw out my running shoes and my willpower?

I looked in the mirror and decided it was time for this nonsense to end.  And by “this nonsense” I mean how out of shape I’ve allowed myself to get over the Winter.

It happens every year, and I’m not getting any younger, but it still annoys the Hell out of me that I let myself go to pot once the snow starts to fall.

I am determined to get this weight off, regain those sexy runner’s legs that all the ladies like to gawk at, and feel good about myself again.  I started the process by buying much healthier foods at the grocery store last night.  It’s time to stop putting junk into this body, and replace it with a finer kind of fuel.

When I woke up this morning, it was -2 degrees.  Not exactly running weather.  However, I got my Running Toga out of the closet, chipped the ice and snow off of my running shoes, and prepared to wait out the weather.

stopwatchAfter a couple of hours, it was 25 degrees, and this lazy Modern Philosopher got to work.  I even figured out how to use my new phone as both a stopwatch and source of music.  I cranked up the Foo Fighters Channel on Pandora and hit the road.

Do I even need to tell you how much it hurt getting up that first hill?  I was prepared for the pain and the burning sensation in my chest, but it still hurt like the Dickens (as a teen, I found reading Charles Dickens to be extremely painful).

I wanted to stop a few times, but only gave myself a break when I got to the halfway point of my 3 mile run.  The roads were still not in the best condition, so I had to dodge some icy spots and almost slipped once.  King Klutz tried to be extra careful.

Somehow, I made it back to The House on the Hill in one piece.  Sure, my chest was on fire and my legs felt like they were encased in granite, but I made it.

It felt very good to have the first 3 miles of the year under my belt, and even though I am quite sore as I type this, I plan to get back out on the road tomorrow.

just runRunning isn’t my favorite activity, but it’s the best way I know to whip my lazy ass into shape.  I feel much more confident when I’m running, and I can use a little confidence right now as I head back out into the dating world.

So get ready for the return of my running posts.  As always, you are all welcome to join me on my runs.  I always do much better with a running partner.

Hope you all had a wonderful Saturday.  This guy with the sore legs most definitely did…

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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31 Responses to How I Thawed Out My Running Shoes And My Willpower

  1. lululove88 says:

    Man, good for you.
    I am a runner but this cold weather has been making me so lazy, so kudos to you for getting out there and just doing it!

  2. markbialczak says:

    Dude! You started in weather fit for a Husky dog. Way to go, Austin.

  3. jan says:

    I don’t run because my brain is loosely connected to my skull and giggles like an organ in a test tube but, ah yes, I must begin the long walks lest I’m mistaken for Jabba The Huttress.

  4. After I have this baby I really want to get back into running! 😀 Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. alesiablogs says:

    I need to do exactly what you are doing, but I will walk instead of run!

  6. Your right about that. I’m not fond of running either, but it is the best way I know to stay in shape.

  7. Congrats on the first steps to spring fever! You’re definitely inspiring us to get up and go.

  8. seefleckrun says:

    Great job! Give it a week or two, and you’ll be in the groove and running will be 2nd nature!

  9. I LOVE to run and I intend to begin running again this week. I’m glad you at least waited till it was 25 degrees, not minus 2. I have at least been walking with the poocher. Incidentally, I never for one minute ever found Charles Dickens painful to read, but I’ve never been too fond of that actress Angie Dickens. Or was that Dickenson, in which case, never mind.

  10. Anita Stout says:

    Ironic that you’re thawing out your running shoes and love life at the same time? Have you tried the online thing yet? I met my husband there – and still mock the commercials and call it dumb.

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