Most of the time I run, bike, and train for races solo. While I always make sure to stick to populated, well-light routes, the reality is you’re going to be all alone sometimes and maybe even in the middle of the woods. This is the reason I always wear my RoadID. It’s a comfortable bracelet-like thing that has my name, emergency contact info, and health insurance numbers on it. I hope it never comes in handy, but on the off-chance that something does happen, it can be a very important piece of gear.
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Via nikipoo: Trailer for Spirit of the Marathon 2! I can’t wait until it comes out! And the Maratona di Roma! Ohh the architecture, ohh the cobbles.
If you ever wanted to understand why I choose to run long distances, why people run marathons, watch the original Spirit of the Marathon. It’s available for free on Hulu and Netflix. It follows the story of several Chicago Marathon hopefuls - from the first timer to the elite racer as they train and race. You really get an idea of what it takes to do that distance.
One thing this Run Hit Wonder loves more than anything is traveling. Remember back this fall when I went to Peru, well, here’s a glimpse of that trip in video form. Watch me get out of breath walking up a flight of stairs, eat a churro, and speak Spanish poorly.
It snows a lot here in my new mountain home. One weekend I decided to try out skiing. Not real downhill skiing like a normal person, but cross-country skiing. Judging from my GPS data, it looks like I went go-karting around a golf course, but really I was just flailing my arms around and shuffling my feet back and forth. Cross-country skiing is perfect for me. It’s just as boring and heart rate elevating as running, but you can do it safely when the ground is snow covered for 4 months out of the year.
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for. Jenn’s Cold Weather Running Tips!…..On second thought, I’m just going to be real with you. Just go outside, you sissy. Abraham Lincoln once said, “Treadmills suck”. So throw on those layers. You don’t need me to tell you how to dress. You’re an adult. If you don’t understand the concept of layering or wearing hats and gloves, then I’m surprised you made it this far in life.
Then when you’ve stacked on that last layer and you’re out on the road (that’s covered with several inches of snow) you’ll feel like a boss. A BOSS. Passengers in the cars that drive by you will make terrified faces. They can’t understand why someone would choose to be outside in single digits. Because those people in cars aren’t runners.
So quit your complaining, buy some warm gloves, and get out there and run. If it’s still too cold, do some hill repeats like I did today. You’ll warm up fast.