evolution of outdoor running

You start out running on nice warm days.  Sun shining, maybe a little overcast, but generally it’s nice.  Mid 60’s and above is the temperature outside.

Next, It’s a little cooler (mid to upper 50’s) but you figure that you’re running, you’ll be warm enough.  A little drizzle doesn’t bother you anymore.  You just want to get outside and run.

It’s still getting cooler but you now have running pants and a light weight long sleeve shirt.  It’s now in the mid to upper 40’s but with the sun shining you don’t care so much. 

It’s winter now, so it’s time to run on the treadmill.  Not so much fun.  Oh look!  The temperature is in the mid to upper 30’s and the sun is shining!!  I can run outside today.  The roads aren’t so bad and there is no wind today.

The treadmill again?  UGH!!  The sun is shining and there’s no wind, the roads are clear and the temperature is in the upper 20’s.  I am SO running outside today.  I need to remember my gloves and hat and I’ll stay warm enough.

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3 Responses to evolution of outdoor running

  1. So what’s the opposite evolution? The one where you see it’s not windy, the sun’s out, it’s 50 degrees and feels great. The birds are chirping, the trees are budding. You smell flowers.

    Then it’s 70° and you’re in shorts and a tank, thinking that the sun is great but you forgot sunscreen, frak, and your dang hair is sweating in your eyes.

    Then it’s 90° and the thought of running inside with the air conditioning is soooo appealing. Screw the birds. You can’t hear them over your iPod anyway.

    Running outside sounds awesome…in the spring and fall.

    Course I should try it before I go back to praising My Treadmill, right?

  2. Amy says:

    I love this outlook! Wish I hadn’t of been off the leg in the 40 degree weather- it would have made the transition into winter a little less shocking to the system. Yet to get back outside… I really just need to suck it up and go!

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