If you never lived in Northern Europe, or only spent time in South Africa, or Australia, I doubt you can relate. Its miserable. There are plenty of reasons not to run. Not saying excuses, real reasons. Especially you up there in Norway… my biggest respect for you runners’ up there. During the last Comrades I participated in, I ran a few hills with a Canadian runner. And I had to ask him, “how did you train”… and he lived in Edmonton… That’s pretty far up North, lots of snow. Few hours of daylight. See, if he wouldn’t have trained during the winter months, there is no way he would have been able to participate in the Comrades, 90K hills, and hardships all the way. LOL. Anyway, he was used to it, and basically had trained running in his suburb, the same streets, over and over again. Obviously, the pavements usually get cleared of snow, and there are lamppost. But whow, what commitment.
Back to you… And you know this, obviously spring follows winter. Or hang on… every cloud has its silver lining… and doesn’t this happen every year? We get that inspiration off some kind of journal or friends send it to each other. And these quotes, or inspirational passages basically should pacify us.
So we do know, it is just a matter of time. The winter, it’s a temporary hardship. The pain the hardship the difficulty, it is just for a short period. And with the right strategy, especially attitude this phase can be overcome.
Now obviously its something different whether you run in Canada where the winters are long and snowfall is impressive, or whether you run in the South of Italy, where there is no snow, and hardly long spells of freezing temperatures. Yes, but I am not comparing, because for the runner in Italy, that winter feels just as cold to him as the Canadian is used to his deep freeze temperatures.
Now why is it that…. And I am sure you know someone like that. Like the many runners’ that are heading into this spring proudly sharing their stories of excess weight, and lack of training possibilities during the winter.
Of how it just wasn’t possible to run, and oh the danger of slipping on ice, or some low-level excuses which which honestly… could have been overcome.
And whilst they are talking…
They are: Quietly awaiting your approval. The approval that “you understand”. You get it! Sure, it’s true.
Oh, and the approval, you don’t need to say a word, you don’t need to think about your response, because….. it’s enough if you just nod. That’s the “YES” they are looking for.
And you know what, the longer you listen to the story of icy conditions, freezing temperatures, the more you start to believe it too. It’s like oh my goodness, they are right!
Even now whilst listening to the podcast… doesn’t it just sound awful, running in Winter?