Saturday, January 10, 2015

Brrrrrrrrr....

My first realization of 2015: I'm a total wuss when it comes to the cold.

Go away, winter! This is not okay!
I really wanted to run outside all winter. I invested in some thermal running tights and tops, a new running jacket, hat, and gloves. I was convinced that I was ready for whatever mother nature threw my way.

Yeah...I was wrong.

As soon as there was snow and ice on the ground and the temperatures dipped into the single digits, I headed inside.

I have to scrape the frost off the window every morning so Hannah can see outside.
The only silver lining is that I haven't stopped running the way I did this time last year. I'm still running. I'm just running inside on the treadmill at the gym. It isn't ideal, but it is better than nothing. And hey, at least I'm using the gym membership I pay for every month! And the gym has a steam room and a sauna! Sometimes, it is nice to remember what warm feels like.

Chicago just looks cold.
I really want to be one of those bad ass runners who go outside to run in all types of weather, but I don't think it is ever going to happen. I'm trying to get over it and trying to not compare myself to others, but I'll admit to a small twinge of guilt when I was walking home from the gym tonight and two runners passed by me. Then I asked myself why I felt guilty. It wasn't like I had been sitting on the couch watching movies and drinking beer all day (even though that sounds kind of amazing and something that I really want to do, now). I may have been running inside, but I still finished three and a half miles.

I'm already dreaming about the spring and running outside again, but until then, you can find me at the gym.

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