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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Runners and the Weather - You'll Understand

This post was written for and first appeared on One Foot In Reality.

Okay, runners piss, moan, whine, complain, and all that other stuff about Mother Nature and her vindictiveness toward us mortal runners - a least I know that I do.

I guess it is a lot like BMC Hart (my first Chief on the USCGC SPAR (WLB 403)), used to say when I first got there out of Boot Camp..."a bitchin sailor is a happy sailor, its when you guys stop bitchin, that I start to worryin".

After reading all the bitchin that runners do about the weather, I guess there are a bunch of happy runners out there.

If you go to just about any of the multitude of blogs, forums, online running communities or all the various social media sites that have an active running population, you will read, see, and hear them talking about the weather:

  • It sure was cold and nasty out there today, you know one of those days it was colder than a witches teet outside.
  • It sure was hot and nasty out there today, you know one of those days it was hotter than hell outside or it felt more like you were swimming than running on dry ground
  • It sure was windy and nasty out there today, you know one of those days you take three steps forward and are blown back two.
  • and so on...

Yet, it doesn't seem to stop us from running outside all that often. Oh sure, when it is really nasty, cold or too damn hot, some of us will turn to the treadmill (I have made my peace with the beast and consider it just a tool I use to get runs in, until I can get back outside).

However, for the most part, the vast majority of runners prefer to run outside, even if the conditions make non-runners wonder about our sanity.

So what is the reason that we focus so much on the weather?

I think that you see so many runners writing, talking or taking photos about weather related stuff, is that we are out there in it and it impacts us a lot more than it does those that are in their own artificially controlled biomes.

Yeah, we are outside for more than a walk to the car or from the car to someplace.

Which means the weather tells us what to wear, where to run, how fast or far we can go and believe it or not provide us with memories that will last a lifetime.

After all you can always say "Hey, do you remember when I ran in...

Yeah, running outside in all kinds of weather, does give runners a different perspective on what is happening in the world beyond our cars, stores and homes.


Is it all about, well you know those braggin rights or our questionable sanity. hehehehehe

So runners, I hope to keep reading, watching, seeing and listening to all the bitchin about the weather, because if you are it means that you are still runnin and happy.

I know that I will continue to do my part. :-)

Especially the bitchin about the weather part. hehehehee

What do you think, do runners focus too much on the weather and is it because we are actually out in it doing our thing?

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