I’m somewhat of a fair-weather runner… And when I don’t run, I tend not to do any exercise, so come Spring time I’m usually usually a wad of cookie-dough waiting to be transmuted into some sort of (soft) carved wood.
This winter was not supposed to be any different. I took the last four weeks off. The arrival of sub-freezing temperatures is usually accompanied by a busier time of year for me, so the cards are stacked against exercise and it’s usually the first thing to go come December.
But the Northeast has experienced a strangely warm winter thus-far, and “busy-time” just ended. Now I’m on vacation from work for the holidays, I have nothing to do, and it’s relatively warm out. So today, I went for a run. It was just 1.5 miles proceeded by some light calisthenics, but that was sufficient to wear me out. Half a mile into the run I was breathing hard, my muscles were all prickly from the unfamiliar increase in blood flow, and my motivation was back in bed dreaming of not-running.
I always wonder why I feel like I get out of shape so fast. It takes months for the thought of a 4 mile run to stop making me cringe, but I can regain that trepidation in a matter of weeks.
In any case, if this warm weather persists I’m hoping to get a healthy jump on the Spring season. In case it does get cold again, I’d be happy to hear anybody’s suggestions for how to stay fit in the cold months.