Running The Last Of The Snow And Ice Out Of Town

Austin Sat runIt was still below freezing when I woke up this morning, Modern Philosophers, but since it has been in the 40s for the last few days, I didn’t really mind.

April is just around the corner, and that’s when Spring really begins in my book.  It’s simply been a pleasant treat for the weather to be a little nicer this week.

Even though there was a chill in the air, I put on my running toga, laced up my sneakers, and set out in search of sweaty adventure.

I must admit I haven’t quite fallen into the regular running habits I’ve wanted yet, but I have been eating better and lifting weights.  I’d like to get to a point where I get up early to run before work, but I’m not there yet.  Once it gets warmer on a regular basis, it won’t be a problem.

Despite not having run since Tuesday, I felt good out on the road today.  It was overcast and chilly, so that was probably why I had the road to myself.  I’m sure other runners will be joining me soon enough.

What really made me smile was that almost my entire route was clear of snow, ice, and slush.  There were still a couple of sections that Snow Miser hadn’t released yet, but the clean blacktop severely cut down on the chances that this klutz would injure himself.

As I’ve done on every run so far, I added a little more distance before I turned around and headed back to The House on the Hill.  Something I always tend to do is push myself too hard, too quickly, so I figured if I just run out past a few more mailboxes each time, I’ll be doing 4 miles before I even realize it.

run final stretchWhen I hit the final stretch, I picked up the pace to see how my ancient body would react.  There were two more annoying inclines that usually kick my ass this early in the running season, but I didn’t think it would hurt to try storming them like Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders.

Surprisingly, I made it all the way to my driveway without slowing the pace.

Even though I had added distance, my time was only five seconds slower than my best time yet.  Definitely good signs for future runs.

Between the running, the weightlifting, and the better diet, I am definitely feeling more confident in my ability to get back into shape.  Hopefully, once Spring really kicks into gear, I will be going for longer runs on a more regular basis.

I really think it helps to change from my Winter running toga to my Spring one.  It’s lighter and shorter, and when I wear it, I can feel the self-confidence shoot through my body.

Of course, that could just be the breeze blowing up through the bottom of my toga, but I guess I’ll never really know for sure.

just runSome say the hardest part of getting into a running routine is convincing yourself that you want to run.  I disagree.  The hardest part of a running routine is the actual running.  It’s rough on my body, there are hills, it makes me sweat profusely, and sometimes it gets so bad that I secretly wish I could catch a stomach bug so I’d just lose weight that way.

Yes, Modern Philosophers, running sucks.

But it’s awesome, too.  You know what I mean?

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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12 Responses to Running The Last Of The Snow And Ice Out Of Town

  1. Pamela Edwards says:

    No I don’t as I don’t run . But I think it’s great that you have gotten out there & started running again, lifting weights , eating better . Spring is bringing a new improved Austin ! Good job Austin !

  2. 1wanderingtruthseeker says:

    If you see me run, you should probably run too.

  3. I am envious of temperatures in the 40s. We had them for a while and will again soon, I hope. Today I ran in place on the mini-tramp in front of the television (watching a DVR’d silent horror movie). I run for length of time and don’t worry about speed and distance (um, I realize I can’t go any distance on the mini-tramp). I’m up to 29 minutes, training for the Boilermaker 15K in Utica, NY in July (it’s famous). For me the hardest part of running is getting into and out of my sports bras, to which I am certain you cannot relate. I only hope I have not given you an unfortunate mental image. Incidentally, watch it with the ancient body remarks. You’ve only just begun!

  4. Yeah, I know what you mean. I picked up a gym membership in early February and use the elliptical quite often. Sometimes it’s a challenge just to get my running shoes on, but I definitely feel accomplished after I’m done.

  5. I prefer walking. A little slower, but easier on these old bones.

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