Friday, January 8, 2010

A Sad Lack of Motivation - Winter Edition

Since returning to DC, I've been struggling to run. It's winter here! And for some reason my motivation is severely lagging. I mean, it's not like winter comes as a surprise (thank you Earth's annual rotation on its tilted axis...), and it's not as if I've never run in the cold before (I spent 4 years in Boston!).

And the ironic part is that in Boston, I was always the one on my team who insisted on running outside. Cold? Run outside. Windy? Run outside. The only thing that would force me inside was severe snowstorms, or impossibly caked ice on the sidewalks. 

So now what's the deal? It's not even below 30 degrees! But I wake up in the morning and think, Hell no I'm not going out there now!

And then I get off work - in the dark. I know that I have to run. And I know that I'm going to run. I just don't want to run. 
To deal with these doldrums, I have doubled my efforts to enlist friends to run with me. Because running alone in the cold every day is awful. But running with someone in the cold is bonding through shared adversity. 

So, as I said, I will be running this winter. Of course, I would rather be on the couch with a good book and a cup of hot coffee, but not until I run. My legs are stiff, and my toes are cold, but I will be out there, bundled up against that frosty wind. Because I love running, and nothing will stop me. Because I know that come warmer weather, I will be glad I did. 

"One morning in Boston, it was snowing so hard that I didnуt think anybody would be going training, but I went down to the track anyway. Billy Smith was there, though. He opened the door and said: "The road to Mexico is out there."
-  David Hemery, who went on to win the Gold Medal in the 400m hurdles in the 1968 Mexico City Olympics


  1. Yeah - but Boston really seems hard (to me) in the winter. The trails along the Charles are nice, but it's hard to not take it personally the way the wind blows.

  2. Agreed! It's the wind that KILLS! I don't know where you are in boston, but I recommend running "City" - down Comm ave or Boyleston and back Newbury - you may have to stop at crosswalks, but in my experience that area will be plowed the best. They don't keep up the river bike path in the winter.

  3. Hey thanks for stopping by my blog and for the email. We have a lot in common - at least loving running, eating and reading. I am an AVID reader, so keep bringing on your book reviews. I am currently reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Your Burma stuff sounds very interesting. I used to live in D.C. (Tenleytown) and was raised in Columbia, MD. Where do you live? I've added you to my blogroll. Looking forward to reading more! BTW, I am SO making that chocolate cake this weekend.

  4. hi Mollie! just found your blog, and guess what we have in common? yup, eating, running, and reading! can't wait to read more!

  5. It's HARD to run outside when it's freezing!!! I grew up outside of DC--now I think it's cold when it hits 40 in NC ;)

  6. thanks for the oatmeal suggestions!