Thursday, March 17, 2011

Putting on the Sneakers

Two days ago, I laced up my sneakers and went running for the first time in four months.  Okay, maybe it was closer to five months.  Each fall, I attempt to make the commitment to continue running through the winter months.  Last fall, I even made sure I had the clothes so I couldn't use that as an excuse.  Then it gets cold.  The snow falls.  And I hibernate.

This week, Spring has made her grand entrance.  Hello, Spring!  Feeling a bit doughy, my body is in the mood for a run.  I'm not sure how I'll do but I don't care.  I just want to run.  Plus, I have the right clothes for an early spring run this year due to last fall's preparations.

Cross the road, down a few blocks.  Up ahead is the cross walk where I have yet to have a car stop to allow me to run across since we moved here five years ago.  Good, I'll get a little breather at the beginning, just to judge how I'm doing.  Darn.  The one polite driver in all of Burlington and he is at my crosswalk.  Courteous driver or sadist?  I haven't quite decided.  I'm leaning toward sadist.  So I keep running.  And I keep running.  And I remember how much I enjoy running.

So at the beginning of this running  season, I make another commitment to keep running through the winter this year.  Last year I made it to November and I have already starting running in March, a month earlier than usual.  Maybe I will make it to December.  But don't worry.  you won't see me running on Christmas Day.  That's one commitment I know I can keep.


  1. Oh I do this too. I can't seem to run through the winter anymore either - the early night make it tough.

  2. doughy. . . oh my THAT's the word to describe how I feel. Perhaps I should speed up my walking to running. Happy trails to you, and many more "nice" cars:)

  3. I start running every year...and then I get to the corner and suddenly wish I was dead. :)

    I can so relate to the doughy feeling. Blech. I don't think I've ever felt like this. I need to run. Not sure how long it will take me to get up to where I can run without stopping every 90 seconds but I'm goiong to try. Wish me luck. xo

  4. Love the "doughy"...I was thinking "fluffy" as in marshmallow-ey. I'm not much of a runner, but I love tennis when I can get out.

    Good for you!!

  5. i have run on christmas day before - but on a treadmill :) I don't have that treadmill anymore though. there are days I miss it!! Good for you for getting out there :)


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