Mother Nature has brought us another crazy weather week in the Midwest. On Sunday we had sunshine, amazing temps and a little wind. Monday, no wind & 80 degrees. I laced up after work, welcomed the good weather and hit the road even though I’m not at all acclimated to running in 80 degrees! I thoroughly enjoyed it! By Tuesday, it was going downhill as the storms moved in bringing back the cold, rain and severe weather.
Last night was not warm. Or dry. Or fun. However, it was still WED and that means a 5pm run with the running club. The running club where people show up regardless of the weather. The running club that holds it’s members accountable during good weather and bad. During short runs and long ones. Accountability is a powerful thing and it brought 4 of us out last night even in the blowing rain. Yes, a small number compared to normal but runners still showed up!
I have to shout out my thanks to these people. Susan (not pictured), Betsy & John. Had it not been for them, I would have gone home. I think we are all at our wits end with the cold. Then add blowing rain and it would have been over for me. In fact, I’m pretty sure we all sat in our car for a bit mumbling under our breath when others pulled into the parking area. But hey, what are friends for if not to help us move it up and out when we would rather go home and be lazy.
So if you’re having trouble getting motivated. Or staying motivated. Or training consistently ….. I strongly encourage you to find a group, partner, or running club with whom you can be accountable. It helps. It works. It will be a game changer for you and enable you to take your runs/workouts to the next level.
So get out and go, regardless of the weather. Just try to dress appropriately and avoid lightening storms. Other than lightening, you can probably survive AND enjoy running in just about any type of weather. Try it.
Do you have a running partner, or members of a run club, that you can always count on showing up?
** Be Accountable ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **