Snowy Run

Just over a year ago I started c25k and I never thought that I would still be running today. I still sometimes battle to 'get myself out there', and wonder why I'm doing it, but it's now 'in my blood' and I am hooked.

Yesterday at 8am I went up into the hills nearby with my faithful dog. This run was special because it made me remember how I slogged through every imaginable weather condition to complete c25k last year. But I remember it with pride, and I remember those who encouraged me along the way.

So yesterday the weather was ok when I started, but soon the hail stones started, cutting into my face. I turned back, using it in my head as an excuse to cut my run short. But then, the snow started! It's luscious, gentle flakes, sprinkling a thin carpet of white, just for me and my dog to make our footprints in. So, I turned round again, and just enjoyed the special, free feeling of running and enjoying everything around me. We saw a deer run across the path and later on a fox, which my dog tried to chase! I've never seen either of these on my hill runs before, so it made it all the more special.

So to all you beginners out there - keep going, keep going, it really is worth it, I promise you! There will be good and bad runs, aches, pains and possibly injuries. Days of umming and ahhing whether to go out or not.

For me, I love it. Rain, sun, hail or snow, I love it!

11 Replies

  • Thank you - as one of those beginners, I really enjoyed your post. One of the pleasures of running for me is getting outdoors after a day stuck behind a desk, and I have run in all weathers too. Did my first 25 minute run on Wednesday in the wind and rain. I am really hoping that it will stick for me and that I'll be where you are in a year's time.

  • Good luck with the rest of c25k, sounds like you are nearly there!

  • What a lovely inspiring post , this is what running is all about . Keep enjoying your runs they sound wonderful

  • Thank you. I can't say I enjoy every run, but do get the odd run that is awesome!

  • I know what you mean , there not all great but done do stand out don't they

  • Some I meant .

  • This is really inspiring for me to keep going. Where I live isn't very picturesque as your area sounds but there are areas I can't wait to run to/travel to to run to have a change of scene out the city. In order for me to do that, I have to be able to run further. I have goals in place in my own mind - one being able to run along the seaside edge on my holiday in April. Also To run in the local countryside which is a few miles away. To join a park run which is 5k locally. These are to name just a few. I know that by doing this program I'm helping my body and mind. That's what spurs me on. It's great to hear inspiring stories like yours tp help us beginners.

  • You have some lovely goals. I took my running gear on holiday last year to Gran Canaria, and had some gentle jogs along the seafront in the mornings, slow but wonderful! I've done parkrun twice, and it seems that people get hooked on this too....

    Happy running, and I'll watch out for news of your progress.

  • What a lovely post, you've made me well up. This will help me keep going to w9 even though I'm not quite half way yet.

  • Thanks! Love the ruby slippers! We were just talking about the wizard of oz with reference to our house blowing away!

    Half way is good. Just take it slow and steady, there is no rush.

  • It was a lovely post like this kept me going through my 20 min run all those weeks ago. It reminded me to appreciate the beautiful things around me rather than thinking how much further.

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