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You know all those photos of celebrities running in the sand looking all fit and whatnot? What would be a REAL workout would be if they took their svelte selves to run IN THE SNOW. Because it’s basically the same thing. Soft sand, soft snow, not as easy to run on/in as pavement. Just, you know, snow is colder. And obviously more hardcore. Basically, celebrities are sissies.

I did a stupid–but necessary–thing yesterday. I told Kami that I was going to sign up for a half-marathon. (This one, in September.) Because giving Kami that type of information means that she’ll hold me to it. Which is why I told her, because now I have to do it. And I know I can.

The thing is, I am really good at giving up goals. I let little things get me down, and I use them as excuses to give up. I did it last year, and I’m finding myself doing it again this year. But here’s the thing. Nobody ever said running was easy. (If they did, they were LYING.)

Russ spoke Sunday morning from Hebrews 12:1-3. He said that, in that passage, the word “race” translates from the Greek word “agon”, which is where we get the word “agony” from. IT MAKES TOTAL SENSE. Running is agony. I mean, not always, but lots of times it isn’t fun, even though I quite like it most of the time. Okay, I mostly like the feeling I get after a run. Although I also like the adrenaline I get during (and after) races, but at the same time, they are agony.

But this: “I like being one of ‘those crazy people’ drivers see running in the winter.” (source) It’s fun being crazy. (I KNOW. I HAVE LOTS OF EXPERIENCE.)

As my friend Jen kindly pointed out (GOOBER), even though the calendar says it’s 37 days till spring, reality says otherwise. But that’s ok. When the calendar turns to March 20th, I have HOPE. I have hope that, by the time spring is over, there will no longer be snow on the ground. My rule is that it is not allowed to snow after my birthday, which is mid-May. It’s usually a fair and accurate assumption that it will not snow after that date. And, on the rare occasion that it does, it melts right away.

I’ve been tempted to get a gym pass so I can run indoors, or to run laps in the gym at the church, but here’s the thing: I like running outside. Treadmills make me feel like a hamster. Running in circles makes me feel dizzy. Running outside makes me feel alive. Except when I can’t breathe, which, you know, makes me feel like I’m going to die.

I took mamalang’s advice and have been using my inhaler 20 minutes before my runs and it’s made a big difference. (Thanks, lady!) Also, I read somewhere that if you breathe in through your nose rather than your mouth, the air is warmer when it reaches your lungs. (Oh, here! Thanks, Becca!) It’s the little things that make winter running that much easier.

Ten weeks till (the first) race day. I have 18 (CONSECUTIVE) days plus three days of single-parenting and a trip to BC before then. So, crazy. Yes.

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  • Elsa Monday, February 11, 2013, 9:01 am

    So, you inspired me to try training for a 5 K, going to start when it warms up a little:) If that goes well, maybe I’ll try for the 10K and run it at the Mogathon in September. We’ll see…..

    • jen Monday, February 11, 2013, 10:34 am

      Cool!!!! Let me know how it goes!

  • mamalang Monday, February 11, 2013, 10:24 am

    Yay! I’m glad that has helped :) And yea, I hear that about the nose breathing, but I suck at it. Actually, I suck at breathing and running at the same time no matter what :)

    Go you! Wish I could come cheer you on at the half marathon. I’ll have to do it virtually.

    • jen Monday, February 11, 2013, 10:35 am

      That will be fabulous. :)

  • Angella Monday, February 11, 2013, 11:16 am

    Way to go! Jen and I are also running a half marathon in September.

    *Fist bump*

    • jen Monday, February 11, 2013, 11:24 am

      No way! That’s awesome!!! One day we should participate in the same race. The Sun Run in Van maybe. With Kami and Jennifer. That would be rad.

  • Kami Monday, February 11, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Ha! I won’t hold a gun to your head but I sure will be waiting at the finish line to run you in!! Go Jen! You can do it (because if I can, anyone can).

  • angela Monday, February 11, 2013, 6:22 pm

    yay for half marathon training. and thanks for the asthma tip… i’m training for the Sea Wheeze Half Marathon in Vancouver on August 10th. And you’re totally right about 1. running in the snow 2. outdoor running vs indoor running.

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