When I first realized that I had to move to another country far different from where I was born and grew up, I was both excited and reluctant to go. One of the things that concerned me at that time was, of course, my running. Especially during winter, I mean, how am I suppose to run when there’s snow and all. I just started running and I feared that my new-found passion would be lost amidst the shuffle and craziness of adjusting to a new country and life.
Three winters later, I found out that I worried for nothing. I live somewhere in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, where we only get snow from time to time, if we’re lucky. But not as much or as heavy compared to the other parts of Canada. It is rain that I have to contend with and sometimes, on a daily basis. I learned to like it somehow. I’d rather it’d be raining on any given day.
A day like this is more than welcome.
It’s winter and the fact that I still get to go out there and run, never fails to amaze me. I always thought that during this time of the year, it snows everyday and the sun is nowhere to be found. Imagine my surprise and wonder, when I was proven wrong. I was like, this is cool. Sometimes, when it is a sunny day and I’m out, running, I slowed down, looked up at the skies, with eyes closed and basked in the warmth of the sun against my face. For awhile there, I thought I’m back home but then, my cold and numb hands tells me otherwise.
At first, I was keen on properly preparing myself for winter runs. Like screws for my runners ( for traction ); running mitts; toque; running tights—basically, to keep myself warm and dry. Turned out I was way over my head with worrying too much. I have yet to run on snow so I don’t need screws for my shoes. Although I’m fond of my running tights now. It helps keep the cold at bay. I use my running mitts when it’s really cold. I learned to dress in layers and have a bright-colored outer one for visibility. On a side note, a warm shower after a chilly jaunt on the road is heaven.
“In the depths of winter I finally learned there was in me an invincible summer.” – Albert Camus
Where I’m at now, I’m glad that the climate is not that extreme. It’s cold and chilly most of the time but I adapted to it. There are days when I can go out without the need for a jacket or coat. As for the rain, well, it won’t go away.
So far, my running is doing good. I get the usual aches and pains but other than that, I’m okay. And since I signed up for a spring event, I need to get out there more often. But I feel lazy sometimes, that I’d rather “hibernate” ( it is winter, after all ) and read my book. Except for that one day, when a plate filled of chocolate chip cookies and brownies, made me change my mind and head out of the door.
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