As with every year, it can be a challenge for a runner to keep running in the winter. Not only are there fewer hours of sunlight, but in many places, like Boston, the weather just does not cooperate. It’s cold, snowy, icy, and damp. It’s dark and dangerous, even with reflective gear. For months. So you stop running outside. The longer Saturday and Sunday runs become “just get back out there in the daylight for a few miles” runs. You make it to the gym if you can, but by the end of the winter, sometimes you can develop some pretty bad habits. Bad habits that usually involve not running.
Last year after the winter, as maybe you could surmise, I fell off the running boat. Matt had, for Christmas, gifted me with a membership to a rowing club in the area, and I was really excited to get back to rowing. It was awesome while it lasted, but ultimately too expensive to continue. (I may have found a solution, but that’s for another post.) My hopes to run the Reach-The-Beach in NH got dashed when my team didn’t re-form, and we didn’t have enough people to run.
And, what I really got into last year, honestly, was spinning. I would (and still do) skip out on a lot of after-work things to go spin. It was ok that I missed a morning run, because I could go to spin class after work. I would not set my running alarm, because, “it’s ok, I’ll go to spin later.”
And so the running faded. I’m sure a million runners have said this before, but when I don’t have a plan to participate in some kind of race, it can be really hard to get back into the swing of things.
So my goal, for 2013? Triathlon. A sprint one, because I’m pretty sure I’m not at all a strong swimmer, and I’m pretty sure real bikes on real roads are a little more complicated than the stationary ones in that nice room with AC.
I miss running, and I love spin. I want to try it. Maybe after that, I’ll go back to thinking about a full marathon. But one thing at a time.
(It’s nice to be back!!)