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Return to running

by Carly-Ann

One of the items on my 19 for 2019 list was 100 days of running. That was just 100 days of getting out and going for a run – no specific time, no specific distance. Just doing it.

I started out strong during the month of January. In fact, I was ahead of schedule and, frankly, my own expectations. I was rejoicing in my work from home schedule and how it contributed to my successful training and celebrating small victories and milestones.

Then the snow came.

Through Twitter, I’ve made friends with runners from all over the place. I think it’s so cool when I see the ones who live in cold climates out running in the snow. I’ve never done it myself, but I would love to run in legit snow someday. Here’s the thing about snow in Vancouver. It comes in short bursts and then temperature never gets low enough for it to stick around. Instead, it warms up and much of the snow melts. Then it gets cold again and it freezes covering the ground with varying depths of ice. Some of it is obvious, but a lot of it isn’t.

That basically covers the weather report for the month of February and into the beginning of March. And that kind of weather terrifies me.

My fear kept me inside, but at the same time I lost a lot of momentum, too. I don’t even have any races on the docket so it wasn’t like I had something to train for. It was hard for me to get going again once the weather warmed up. Thankfully, I found a scrap of motivation two weeks ago and then another one this morning.

I feel like I’m ready to get back on track and into a regular schedule. I’m hopeful that January mojo will return in the coming weeks. Wish me luck!

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