It is starting to feel like I am cheating on my running with work and the weather.
I knew this week (in fact the last couple of weeks and next) were going to be tough but I was determined to run at least twice a week. My run night was scheduled for tonight and even though I was dog tired I was convincing myself I would get in, get laced up and hit the road.
Sadly I got home, the temperature has plummeted and it was snowing when I got off the train. I barely had the energy to run on a normal day but this was a step too far – and snow on the first day of spring.
I think it was a sensible decision as I had things to catch up on at home and this is a rest night ahead of what will be another very long day as I am facilitating at another workshop in central London. It will feel like I have run a marathon by the time I get home late tomorrow.
It pisses me off that work gets in the way of my running but I don’t allow it to happen that often.
I need a goal and after a conversation with Paul, my running buddy - we have signed up for the Richmond Park 10k at the beginning of June. I cannot make any sooner than that due to work commitments, our holiday etc but this will give me something to focus on and something to look forward to.
Paul assures me it’s a beautiful run and I look forward to running with him as his encouragement and help have been instrumental in getting me running. You never know, I might just see how I go and have a discussion with Paul about that half marathon (I might).
It’s a shame I didn’t get out tonight as I had created a new playlist for the run and everything. I may try to sneak a short run in when I get home from work Friday (If I get in at a reasonable time) but to be honest this looks like a one run week – which for me is rare.
I am seriously considering running in my lunch break around London or at least running with te Covent Garden Nike Running Club (which I have been threatening to do for ages). I am sure all of these steps will help my current running lull and give me more opportunity to get out there.
Ivan made a joke about the weather in Britain and I hope his prophesy isn’t going to come true as I am not sure we can cope with any more winter… I hope it brightens up and warms up soon.
(There is a prize for anyone who can work out who and why I picked this particular featured image for this post… )
This week I have yet to don my trainers.
We have bitter (-11) easterly winds. Snow. Ice etc.
It’s thawed overnight but still very bitter (-6) and more snow forecast for later.
Sod off winter. I wanna get out and run! (Without freezing my bits off or fearing I’ll slip and break my neck!).
So this is how it goes…
Went out for a run, came home, shot video. Mentioned forecasted bad weather. Asked (nay prayed) for it not to snow. Finished video. Did exercises and shower. Came out of shower, it’s snowing!
This is why I don’t pray! LOL
I should be grateful I got out and completed my run whilst I had the chance.
Unlike this mad fool I have decided that it is not worth risking an accident and have abstained from running on the snow and the ice.
We had flurries at the beginning of the week which have frozen solid. More snow is forecast this evening (the rest of the UK has been badly hit today including London).
I was thinking about this on the way home and I find it interesting that I am not perturbed at all to not be out in my trainers.
Last week was a different story as I hadn't gotten out as much as I had planned and it was annoying me as I simply wanted to run.
This week I convinced myself that I would not run in such treacherous conditions and am completely at ease with the decision.
I don't stress about not running but I find it interesting that inclement weather doesn't stop me and if I miss those runs I am annoyed. Snow and ice is a completely different story though and common sense prevail.
I've read the odd blog, Nike update, site etc all advocating taking a run in the snow but I simply think it is a bad idea. Fresh snow I would guess is a challenge but we have thick sheet ice here and to be honest I was worried enough about taking the car out in it yesterday.
I nearly went ass over tip on the way to the station yesterday so I'm sure I won't be running until its all thawed.
For now I shall enjoy the comfy of our warm home and snuggle up on the sofa with Miss B and my baby.
Here's a couple snaps I took on the train of the snow at the Olympic Park in London.
*or rather ice stops running..
As predicted on Sunday the weather took a turn for the worse and we have had two days of snow showers and freezing temperatures.
As you can see from the photo, the snow isn't very deep but it is a couple layers on top of one another that had laid and frozen in the past two days.
It's very dodgy walking back from the station let alone running on it (its part of my running route). It'd be madness to try and run out there so I have given it a miss today. I probably won't run this week as the temperature is due to drop to -6 therefore I think it'll be a week of heavy ice and missing runs as a consequence.
In situations like this it's better to be safe than sorry.