Monday, November 10, 2014

Colorado Has PMS

We’ve had an odd weather day around here (Boulder):

In case you weren't in Boulder today here is the weather sequence perfectly captured by aerospace engineering student Chris Nie and shared in Twitter (https://twitter.com/christophernie/status/531955600465203200).

This morning when I walked Heidi it was 64 degrees. By 3pm it was 21 degrees and snowing. Colorado has the reputation for being pre-menstrual with all kinds of weather mood swings and severe instability.

I am no psychologist, but my guess is that our motivation to run is directly correlated to the weather outside.

Self talk when it’s a beautiful day: I’m kind of tired this morning but it is too gorgeous outside to not go for a run.

Self talk when it’s shitty outside: I’m kind of tired. F&ck running.

That said, here is my best advice when you have that “f&ck running” attitude, be it due to weather, your period, laziness, darkness or gas:

  1. Toughen the hell up. You probably spend 95% of your day in pleasant temperatures (inside or out) with a steaming cup of coffee at your disposal. It is okay to be uncomfortable for a short amount of time while you run. The pay off is ridiculously worth it.
  2. Call your sponsor. You don’t have to be in A.A. to have a sponsor. Pick a friend who you make a pact with. This is the person you will call when you are about to wussy out of a run. Make sure this person is someone who can boss you around and remind your lazy ass to just get out there.
  3. Think of those that can’t run. Then do #1.
  4. Don’t give yourself a choice. You planned to run. Just because you are tired or whatever doesn’t mean that plan goes out the window. Treat it like brushing your teeth, taking a dump or going got your dentist appointment. It is simply something that is part of your day and must happen regardless of circumstances.

Tomorrow morning when it is 8 degrees as is forecasted, I will take my own advice. I will be tough. I will be grateful. I will not give myself a choice. I will also probably cuss like a sailor as the cold air hits my lungs and cramps up my muscles.  I could go to the treadmill, but I know I won’t. I belong outside (unless there is ice. I am a runner not a hockey player).

 

What’s the temperature RIGHT now where you are? 19 degrees.

Do you have a mantra that helps you get out the door? Yes, shut up and run. Duh.

SUAR

34 comments:

  1. Its also snowing here in Canada. It's -8c (17 degrees) but feels like -15 (5) with the wind. Definitely the treadmill for me tonight. brrr

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    1. Lucky you. Calgary is much colder. -17 C, -27 with the windchill. Gotta love it.

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  2. I'm looking at your pictures and thinking that no matter what the conditions, you live in a beautiful place. I could run there. Any time. Just go!!!

    And it's 50 right now, but I'll be in your boat tomorrow. Running along the highway. Ugh.

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    1. Yes that is the truth..and the reason I always try to run outside regardless!

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  3. It has varied from 30-60s. I know that Wednesdays I will be out with my local running group. They are my sponsors. Hopefully no snow. I don't have a gym or a treadmill.

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  4. 61 in Savannah, Georgia! Forecast for tmrw is 79! Grateful to be a southern girl! I would be a total wuss in the snow. I cringe when I have to run in 35 degree temps in the winter and no snow!

    As Nike says... "just do it!" But, truthfully, I don't even allow the internal chatter to take place. As you said, its like brushing your teeth- automatic, non-negotiable, has to happen.

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  5. The wind chill is supposed to be -27 C tomorrow. (-16 F) I'm probably going to run. It depends more on how my legs feel. But wait! There's a good chance I could post the first tusk pictures of the winter. That does it. Prepare yourselves.

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  6. Your weather kind of sucks. It's 10 pm and a dulcet 63F right now. But it was 102F at one point this summer, so I guess we're even.

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  7. What crazy weather! It was a warmish day today, I think in the high 50s

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  8. It's a balmy 40 degrees here! Perfect running weather.
    I use #3 and then just freakin do it!

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  9. Right now its 52°! I am trying to take it in while I can, supposed to be in the 30's the rest of the week! I made sure to get my warmer running gear around this weekend so I am ready!

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  10. Our temp seems mild compared to that shift. Yesterday it was a balmy 64 with lots of sunshine and today's high will be just above freezing.

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  12. It is 50 here today. I need to read your blog daily as it gives me the motivation I so desperately need. Have you tried Yak Traks for when it gets icy?

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    1. Yes I use them a lot in snow but they don't help so much with ice😕

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  13. I know, I have no idea how to dress these days. The days start out warm and then get cold by the time I leave work! Raining and 43 in Illinois. By this afternoon, looks like we are heading into the 20's. UGH. I don't blame you with the ice. I use my indoor track when there is ice on the ground.

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  14. 34 degrees, wind chill is 23 (19 mph winds). Ran at 5:30 am with my group. I would not get up and run if I didn't have them. Thursday is supposed to be 19 degrees. Will be interesting to see what the wind chill is then. We'll still run.
    No mantra; I just know my friends will be out there expecting me.

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  15. It's currently 18 degrees here, but was 20 this morning when I ran. Except the "real feel" was more like 7 degrees due to the wind. And the snow. But I ran anyway using "shut up and run" as my mantra. Thanks for that!

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  17. 55 degrees and cloudy here in NJ.
    My mantra is JFR: Just (effing) run. We swear here in the northeast. :-)

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  18. 62 here in So Cal. I need it to warm up because I'm running the Honolulu Marathon in 33 days and it WILL be warm/hot that day!

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    1. Honolulu...oh now you are just making me jealous. Sounds amazing!

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  19. Last Tuesday, it was 50 degrees at 5 a.m. when I ran. This weekend, it was windy and cold. Foot bridges were slick. Today it was 50s again at 5 a.m. but will be down to the 20s later in the week. Indiana stinks. AT least you get to look at mountains.

    I just ask myself: When the hell else am I going to run? I can do it as planned and feel good or skip it and spend way too much time trying to reschedule.

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  20. Temperature right now in Grand Junction, CO: 38 degrees F. It was a frosty 25 when I ran at 5:30 this morning. When it drops to single digits, that's when I wimp out.

    No mantra, just a border collie staring at me. That gets me out the door every time.

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  21. 39 and steadily dropping in the Chicago NW burbs!

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  22. It's 90 degrees in Singapore. Lucky me today, humidity is only 59% (usually 98%). I may not have to shower before I run tonight.

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  23. 58 degrees
    Just Do It
    Thanks for that Nike!

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  24. Screw that, I hit the treadmill! LOL
    I HATE the treadmill, but my legs can never seem to warm up in really cold weather, I have crappy runs, and can't afford $80 insulated running tights. :/

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  25. Did a 3 miles in 20 degree windy slippery road conditions yesterday and when I was done all i thought was "wow that was nice!" :) And I only stopped because I ran out of daylight, not because of the weather. Headlamp running in the boondocks on icy roads after dark is a bit too dangerous for me! Later this week when it gets down in the single digits I plan to run in town where maybe I'll get some wind break and traffic will be slower!

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