Greetings from damp, 40 degree Minnesota.
Let’s just start with my admittance that this post may not be as interesting as the title suggests.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way…
It’s fall in Minnesota, and November is just days away. While it’s not freezing during the day and we don’t have snow yet, I’ve still decided it’s time for double layers on my legs.
While I’m not wearing true long underwear (Cuddl Duds are my preferred choice) I am indeed doubling up.
At least I don’t take it quite so far as JR who wears sweatpants under his jeans when it get really cold. Yes, I’ve got a skinny husband. 🙂
When it gets truly cold though, we’ve both got heavy coveralls that will go on over however many layers we happen to pile on underneath.
Another fact of fall is shorter daylight. On the farm this certainly doesn’t keep us from our chores. But it does complicate things for me, the runner.
I don’t mind cold, and goodness knows I’ve spent enough on cold-weather running gear that I better use it!
However, I have never been one to run in the dark. If I had someone to go with I might reconsider, but the combo of dark and cold doesn’t even sound nice.
When I need to run early I head for the gym and the treadmill.
The first few runs I did were pretty boring. I was actually dreading ever returning to that moving belt, but then l remembered some rules that definitely improve the experience.
The main thing is that I need to challenge myself on the treadmill. If I’m doing speedwork or focusing on hitting a certain distance in a certain time, I’m more engaged and the time passes faster.
The other thing about the treadmill is I have to be patient for the first few miles. Almost always, the first 10 minutes or so on a treadmill suck. They just do.
After that, my body gets in a rhythm. The further I go, the better I feel. Up to a point of course. 😉
For example, this morning I ran 8.02 miles in 78 minutes, and I felt strongest in the last 2 miles. I love runs like that.
Oh, I almost forgot! Music or podcasts are also essential. And I still try to get outside for several runs a week wherever I can squeeze them in.
I know none of these things are revolutionary, but they help me make the most out of the increased miles I’ll probably be doing indoors as the daylight gets less and less. Maybe they’ll even help some of you conquer the doldrums of the treadmill too.
On the bright side, daylight savings time ends soon and we’ll get some morning daylight back for a bit!
Have the dark mornings caused you to migrate onto the treadmill yet?