So Long, Sunshine
So Long, Sunshine

You know you’re a runner when you plan your week around when you’ll be able to get your runs in.

And yet, come winter, this planning can get a bit tricky thanks to the decline in daylight. Tricky, yet still doable—thank God! Seriously I’d be a mess if I had to take winters off from running. These next few months are always hard enough—what, with the cold temperatures, the pressure of the holidays and the general lack of sunshine. For those of us who use running as a way to help cope with life, it truly is a blessing, especially this time of year. Helps us find balance. Helps us be our better (if not our best) selves.

I don’t take a single run for granted. I’m filled with gratitude for both the ability and the desire to be at it each time I’m out there. It’s a gift. One I plan on enjoying for as long as I can. And while I get that it’s not for everyone, for those of us who do love it, it’s a part of who we are—a go-to stress reliever, a non-negotiable part of our routine, a time-out in the best way possible, and a fail-proof way to steer us back to ‘us’ whenever we’re in need of it.

There are all kinds of hobbies and habits to be had. Personally, I traded smoking for running a little over eight years ago. Figured I couldn’t do both and I was tired of feeling like a slave to cigarettes, so I poured myself into running. Was it hard in the beginning? Absolutely! But stick with it long enough and you get stronger. Can go farther. You find your rhythm. And, if you’re anything like me, somewhere along the way you fall in love with it.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy it more when the weather’s more summer-y than winter-ish. But there is something to be said for that bad-ass feeling you get when you’re out there enduring the harsher elements. It builds character, by teaching you how to dig deep for the inspiration you need to persevere in circumstances that are less than desirable. And that carries over into way more than just your running.

So, yeah, you can bet I plan on hitting the trails this afternoon. During my two hour window of daylight between the time I get off work and the sun goes down. All layered up and with a big ‘ole smile.

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Reposted with permission from 1BeautifulJourney.com

 
 
7.8 billion people in the world and 

you woke up to no kudos
Everyone hates runners until it's time

to convert miles to km
Looked at my stats from garmin 

connect and closed my laptop. 

I just want peace today

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7.8 billion people in the world and  you woke up to no kudos
Everyone hates runners until it's time to convert miles to km
Looked at my stats from garmin  connect and closed my laptop.  I just want peace today
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"Dude, I thought you were racing today" "I am, I'm doing an ultra"
Shoutout to my best running friend for giving me the best advice even though  I don't listen. I love you and  I'm sorry. Don't give up.
gyms shouldn't even open back up,  i've moved on with my life
friend 1: i got promoted friend 2: i got engaged  friend 3: i'm pregnant!  ME: y'all wanna see my splits
The competitive runner in me died  in March
Me trying to explain how I got into running: "I was initially planning on  being a casual fan, but then I thought, why not just let it consume my soul instead"
Me stepping out the door,  ready to burn 240 calories  after consuming 12,700  over the weekend
"your password is weak" lmao wait till you see my last week's mileage
Day 1 of hill repeats was actually just me fighting for my life
Me: *signs up for an ultra* Friend: you know you'll DNF, you  haven't trained for it  Me: it's an ultra, you  get credit for trying
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