I'm not sure how committed to this idea I am, but in late November I told Michael that I was going to try to complete every run outside this winter. I set this goal for two reasons ... one, I wanted to test my "toughness". Yes, at 46 years of age I still challenge myself with little tests of mental and physical "toughness" to stay sharp and motivated. And two, I wanted to avoid the treadmill. Not just because I don't enjoy it ... I mean besides EMZ, who. freaking. does! But mainly because I think treadmills don't simulate running workouts nearly as much as we think they do. For a road runner/racer, in my opinion there's nothing better than the actual road.
But the problem with setting such a lofty and frigid goal, is that I committed to it in November when the temperature was in the 50's. It's not really tough to make winter-time promises in late Fall. And this morning I really questioned what in the world I had done with such a crazy target. It was 5F degrees, with a 10mph breeze, for a "RealFeel" of -10F in Iowa City. And tomorrow is supposed to be a little windier, with a lower "RealFeel". Hmmm.
The good news is I got through my 10.5 mile run this morning in spite of the polar conditions. However, I know it's most likely just the beginning of a long, cold Midwestern Winter. So we'll see how long I actually stick to my goal. It's not the end of the world if I have to go inside, but I'd rather not! Hope your training is going well!