Making The Miles Go By Easier During The Dead Of Winter
Winter running in the Northeast has always been a challenge. Cold rain, heavy wind, icy patches and bone chilling dampness are a norm. The other challenge is trying to get friends crazy enough to join you.
On Saturday morning I made my way out to New Canaan, CT for one of my latest solo runs. This town has a large park right of off the Merritt Parkway that provides clear wooded trails as well as tarmac paths. While it is a great setting for a run, on this particular day it provided a set of elements which made my run a bit more difficult.
First, there was the fog! I don’t recall a day in recent memory with such dense fog. It gave the park a sense of mystery and foreboding that made me a bit uneasy. Then there was the dampness. I don’t mind running in the cold, in fact I feel like I thrive in it. But when you add on a bit of dampness it just makes things a lot more difficult. Cold dampness results in a chill that digs deep into your bones and makes warming up so much more difficult.
Lastly, running alone in that particular setting was just no fun. There is no one to talk to, complain to and just pass the time with. I’ve said it time and time again, there is nothing like making the miles go by with your running partners.
Which brings me to the following day. On Sunday I met up with several members of my running group for a short 3.5 mile run in downtown White Plains, NY. The day was a bit cloudy and windy. As with any cold day, it was a bit difficult to warm up. But once we got going, the miles went by in a flash. Even a 1/4 mile steep uphill section seemed to go by quite easily. (though I’m feeling it in my quads today)
It’s nice to get out and get your solo runs in even during the cold of winter. But it’s made so much easier with a running partner, or group. I’m lucky to have my running group that makes the miles go by easily even during the dead of winter.
Have any running tips to make winter running easier? Leave your comments below!