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19 January 2011

Reading, Running, and the hate part of winter running

Yesterday I received a Twitter update on a new article, “The love/hate relationship of winter running” and could immediately identify with the hate part.  As I was driving to school this morning, my car read the outdoor temp as -9 degrees C. Not a great way to start the day, but I knew mornings are […]

Yesterday I received a Twitter update on a new article, “The love/hate relationship of winter running” and could immediately identify with the hate part.  As I was driving to school this morning, my car read the outdoor temp as -9 degrees C. Not a great way to start the day, but I knew mornings are colder than evenings because the sun comes out and warms the earth…even in winter. So I went about starting my day which on Wednesdays consists of SSR (Silent Sustained Reading) a school-wide dedicated time when all students and staff are reading to improve all students in this area. I decided it would be a good time to begin a book I borrowed from my brother Running for Mortals.

I got a great laugh and had to hold it in because I didn’t want to disturb my students or look crazy. One of the authors could have been me. He describes the beginning of his journey as a runner on his 43rd birthday. This is quite funny because tomorrow is my 43rd birthday and I started my journey just a few months ago. This means I’ll be running the original marathon in Athens in just a few short years.

However, what is most important from what I read today was a need to start, to stick with it, as stay focused on the idea that everyone can be a runner.

That thought stuck with me all day until the drive home, the temperature dropped four degrees. I hate winter running…but I went.

About Kai

I am a 40-something English teacher who recently strapped on running shoes (to actually run in) since running cross country in middle school.

3 thoughts on “Reading, Running, and the hate part of winter running

  1. I also started this book this week Kai. Seems as though it’s going to be a good one for an extra kick in the pants to get out there. Can’t wait to hear more about your training. Were in the same boat as nude runners.

  2. I’m pretty sure you meant “new” runners, Dan! Unless you guys have some new craze going on. That would, of course, account for much of your hate for the winter running as well.

    Kai, I’m glad the book is already an inspiration. I’ll have to get both you and Dan to write a book review on it once you’re finished.

    Congrats on getting out there for your run!

  3. Wow! Sorry about that comment. Definitely was intended to be NEW not nude. That’s my iPhones autocorrect doing what it does best, making me look like a complete idiot. Thank you for noticing that Sven before we started a completly rediculous craze that contradicts everything in my last post.

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