Running With Hope In The Spring And My End Of February Review.
I’ve spent the last three months running in the darkness in a daze. As a runner in the winter you begin to doubt if you’ll ever see light and good weather again.
It can be lonely out there.
Starting off in the dark and finishing in the light
When it’s dark outside it’s easy to get lost in your own negative thoughts and hit a downward spiral where everything in your life can seem wrong.
It’s only when the sun starts to rise that you can not only see physical things around you but your begin to see your own life in a positive context.
Trivial thoughts like ‘wow look at that fucking cat!’ distract you from your own issues. You internalise less and appreciate nature more.
With spring just around the corner there is no better time to start running again now. You still have time to get fit for the summer and you don’t have to keep letting things slip.
If your New Year’s resolutions are a long forgotten disappointment then you can start again and succeed this time.
If you mess up today (by eating too much chocolate and doing zero exercise), then not all is lost.
Make plans and start back tomorrow.
You only lose if you give up for good. You only lose by sustaining that negative attitude and behaviour over a period of months or years.
There’s nothing wrong with giving up as long as it’s temporary. In my past 2 years as a runner I’ve quit countless times and reverted to doing no exercise.
The quicker you return to a better lifestyle, the easier it will be to get straight back into running.
I’ve only managed to keep my fitness level by practising damage limitation and returning back to running and healthier eating as soon as possible.
It’s much easier for me to continue running like this than it is to put on a lot of weight and start all over again.
I’ve been there and done that and got the shin splints and it’s extremely difficult to get back to where you were when you stopped.
A Review Of My Running In February 2013
February has been my best month for running since I began. I ran 159 miles at an average pace of 6.1mph.
I managed those miles over only 15 runs. If you compare that to figure February last year, I ran a similar mileage total for the month but it was over 23 activities.
Increasing the distance of my average run has been the biggest factor in improving both my pace and stamina.
I’ve learnt that you have to be confident in finishing a run before you can play with speed. If you’re at the stage of running 5 miles and it;s hurting like hell, go-slow and get comfortable with that distance first. Once you’re happy you can move on and start to destroy your personal bests.
In March I’m gonna continue to run further and faster.
I’m excited to see if my stamina and speed continue to grow like this.