Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Passionate about running

I fall asleep some nights thinking about my run the next morning.  Truth be told, I plan my next morning's run as a way to fall asleep.  Works every time.  Running is good for the mind as well as the body!  I'm pretty passionate about running.

It's been a crazy start to spring in Toronto with snow and sub-zero temperatures dogging us right through April.  And even now as we start May, the pre-dawn temperatures still hover low single digits.  I ditched my full-length winter running tights right after the Spring Run Off 8K race in High Park early April and switched to my short, summer tights.  That's been incentive to get moving and keep running fast.  It's not beeen too bad most mornings if the wind has been calm. On those mornings with the north wind blowing...remember the line George Costanza made famous when he came out of the cold ocean, '...there was shrinkage'?  Thankfully I don't meet many non-runners.

I don't let a lot stop me from running.  Colds and flu are minor nusances...I generally run even when sick.  Raising my internal temperature helps me get better faster.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it!  I run in all weather conditions.  I love running in the rain...brings back the kid in me.  I confess though that when there is visible lightning I think about not going running.  OK, I do more than think about it...I don't go running in thunderstorms (Sally may be reading this).

This coming Sunday, Mother's Day, I'm running in my second race of the year, the Sporting Life 10K. I've been dreaming about it for the past week and as we close in on Sunday it'll get more intense.  My strategy is pretty simple:  Start toward the front of my coral, find an open track on the outside of the pack (sidewalk if I have to) then run like hell straight down Yonge Street.  Personal Best here we come!  Yeah, I'm pretty passionate about running.

Until next time...

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