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Hard Sun Sunday, March 2, 2008

Posted by Grace in fit addiction.
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It seems spring is on its way. My little patch of planet is finally leaning a little closer towards the sun. The incredibly cold snap that was upon us, seemingly endlessly, has finally lifted. With the warmer conditions come more moisture in the air, and therefore snow and nasty driving conditions. Still, it seems such a gift not to need to layer upon layers, still to find your skin and lungs hurting because it is so cold.

I have always preferred running outside to running on a treadmill or on an indoor track. And so, every year, as autumn turns to winter, I push my luck as long as possible, running outside, until frostbite risks get too high, and bronchitis starts to set in. Every year I tell myself I will switch to indoors earlier, save myself the down time being sick. Still, every year I get into the habit of, One more day won’t hurt. I’ll start running inside tomorrow.

When this time of year rolls around, it is wonderous. That first morning you look outside, look at your running shoes, and know its warm enough. This morning was it.

Just like the first tentative steps you take after the cast comes off and the crutches are laid aside, that first outdoor run of the season is a dichotomy between a victory and a defeat. Half of me is so happy to be back out there on the pavement, but the other half is sad at how soft months of the treadmill/track makes you.

The first good run of the season is always one to remember. You’re back to where you belong, but you become enlightened to all of the things you still need to work on.

Song of the Day: Hard Sun – Eddie Vedder

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