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    How another easy winter has turned me into a giant wimp

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    Sure, we’ve gotten a lot of snow in the past few weeks, but realistically, as Canadian winters go, this has been another pretty easy one. While not as easy as last year, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a span of more than three weeks where the temperature did not get above freezing where I am in Southern Ontario.

    Yes, that is a tree sticking out of the snowbank. And yes, the neighbour 3 houses down still has Christmas decorations up.

    And to be frank, this has been a bit of a problem for my running.

    My winter has looked a little like this:

    Random cold day: Hmm, it’s really cold and windy out. Oh well, maybe I will run on the treadmill today; it’s supposed to get warm again in about 5 days.

    5 days later: Wow, it’s really wet and gross out there. Maybe I will run on the treadmill today; I need to find out what’s going to happen in this TV show.

    2 days after that: Yikes! It’s below freezing and all those puddles from two days ago are making surface conditions really treacherous! I don’t want to break any bones, so I think I will run on the treadmill today.

    Rinse, repeat.

    Take today for example. I got dressed in my running gear and went out to shovel the driveway. It’s a gorgeous +4C out, but when I got to the bottom of the driveway and l saw that the roads were still buried in a good six to eight inches of wet, heavy snow – you know, the kind that builds up on the bottom of your shoes to the point where you have to knock it off every 8-10 steps and you start to look like you’re rehearsing a number from the Wizard of Oz – I retreated back into the house.

    Meanwhile, in those winters where “cold” is the rule rather than the exception, you wouldn’t find me in my basement more than once a week – and that was only when it was too icy for outdoor speed-work.

    So there you have it. It’s been a light winter and I have no right to complain. I am bored of the treadmill despite being addicted to a TV series I have seen twice from beginning to end; yet I am in a rut and I don’t seem to have the mental energy to get over it and get out the door.* Anyone else having this struggle?

    I am ready for more daylight, clear surface conditions and fewer layers. Yup, I am ready for spring. How about you?

     

    *A fact that is even worse when you consider that I do run outdoors with my beginner clinic. It doesn’t count as a workout for me because I am busy trying to keep track of everyone, but you would think if I could deal with wet socks and dangerous surfaces with them, I could do it on my own…

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    A runner for just over four years, Karen has already completed a marathon, two half marathons and a variety of 5k and 10k races. She describes her first marathon - the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon last September - as "a nightmare." However, she met a very interesting person in the process - a man named Sydney who was running his 152nd marathon! Although the race didn't go as well as planned for Karen or Sydney, he showed her that no matter how experienced a runner you are, you can still have a bad day. "Does that mean we shouldn't bother to prepare, or maybe just shouldn't bother at all? Of course not!" says Karen. "In the end, it is what we make it." We like her optimism!