I used to hate running. Loathe it. It was the absolute worst part of my day--just the few laps around the gym to warm up before basketball practice was torture.
I went to college and ran a 5k with my roommates. I thought I was going to die.
And then......something changed.
I ran a bit after we got married--up and down the streets of Rexburg, Idaho. It was ok....but I still didn't love it. A baby was born, and I started to add more miles.....I was up to....like....5.
But it felt good, legs stretching, lungs expanding, and I continued to get my (sloowwww) miles in. After about a year of running, I ran my first half marathon......and I was hooked. The adrenaline! Such a great feeling to finish, and I haven't stopped since.
Many of you know I'm running mostly trails these days, and I crave it and need it and love it. If you want me to get all cheesy and declare my love for running,
then here you go.
It is my very favorite thing. My thing. I honestly can't imagine what I would do without it. It works my body, my mind, my soul. I can think, I can push, I can just admire the view.
It is part of ME.
I am thankful for my love of running--so thankful I came around from all those years ago.
I am thankful for my scrawny little legs.
They have carried me hundreds and hundreds of miles (this year alone) and up to the tops of mountains......figuratively, and literally.
I am so thankful for a strong and healthy body.
This time last year I was in the middle of a huge Lyme relapse. I was sick and weak and running was nearly impossible. I ran the Vegas Ragnar last fall (as usual), and couldn't even finish my last few miles. It crushed me. It took me until late winter to finally get back into running, and I will never ever stop appreciating how good it feels to be winding through the trees.
I'm thankful for best of friends who know that running is how I heal, and at the very last minute let me jump on to their teem for this year's relay........this weekend! We weren't planning on running it this year, so I am just so excited that I get to head down and redeem myself for last year. Thankful for the best husband ever who loves staying home to play with the Littles while I go run through the night.
Dear running, you are the best.
A few weeks back I posted a picture of a snowy trail on my instagram and mentioned how much I love running in chilly temperatures. I had so many questions about it, I thought I'd answer a few here.
Running in cold weather is all about finding the right clothing, and lots of layers so you can take stuff off if you need to. It takes a few times--trying out this and that, until you learn what YOU like to wear. I have clothes I like for 30°-40° runs, and different clothing for the teens and twenties.
Yes I realize that sounds crazy.
pants: I love full length tights. They are so comfortable if you get the right fit. Make sure you find tights that are breathable and keep the moisture OFF your skin. I love my patagonia speedwork tights. I got them at a super sale at the outlet last spring and they are my favorite.
shirt: I usually wear a short sleeve running tee, to keep moisture off my skin. I really also like Patagoina's base layers.
outer layer: Depending on the temp, and how much sunshine there will be, I wear a light long sleeve or medium weight long sleeve shirt or jacket, that I can push the sleeves up or take off and tie around my waist if I need to.
ears: my ears get cold so easily. I always wear an earband or a thin beanie. Earbands are nice because you can slide them down around your neck if you get too warm.
shoes/socks: I wear the same socks in the winter as I do in the summer--I like smartwool socks for trails. If you are running alot on the snow and ice, you might want a shoe with better traction--I love my Brooks Cascadias year round.
*if you have any other running questions, ask them here, and I will try to answer them in another post. I will also post about running in the winter when we move into colder temperatures. be sure to check out running 101 and running 201. I have changed a lot of how I run since I have posted those, but the basics are all there.
What are you thankful for today?
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