This week of weather has been miserable (at least on the East Coast). Pouring rain isn’t a bad thing but it’s been freezing rain (between 30-40 degrees as well as windy. It has made for has made for some disgusting rainy outdoor runs. It happens and you cannot control the weather. You’ll never be able to control the weather. You cannot control the weather on race day and you cannot control the weather on any other day whether you are a runner or not….
The weather actually gets me into thinking out loud about justifying yourself and your life. Before social media, we had no one to report back too. If we wanted to run on the treadmill…fine…if we wanted to run outside…fine. There wasn’t a “which one is better” or “you aren’t a real runner if you run inside” type of mentality. We didn’t go for a run and immediately upload it to whatever social media website preference. I am as guilty as anyone for doing this.
Now with social media, it seems easier and easier to fall into the comparison trap. You can compare running where, why, how, when, how much…the list is endless.
It’s easy to tell someone to get outside. It’s easy to tell someone that there is never an excuse to run inside. It’s easy to critique someone else…but you know what?
Who the eff cares?
Who cares if you run inside or outside? At least you are getting out there doing your thing. I personally hate running outside in pouring, freezing rain. It’s miserable, I look a mess and honestly it’s just not fun. Sometimes I would rather zone out on the treadmill and catch on TV inside. I don’t ever plan to justify my decision of where I run…O do what makes me happy.
To those who think the only running is outside…that is false.
To those who think the only race out there is the marathon…also false.
To those who think there is no reason to ever run inside…
LOLZ, sorry running in 35 degree rain is not fun.
Running in hail is not fun.
Running in 120 degree weather is not fun.
Or what if you are short on time and want to catch up on your favorite TV show and fit a run in? I think that’s better than sitting on your couch catching up TV?
Some people are not comfortable running outside and it’s important (for others) to realize that people do what they are comfortable. The majority of us are never going to be elite athletes and we don’t need to have a rigid plan. Even elites athletes use all sorts of methods. Some elites love the treadmill, high mileage or low mileage. We do what makes us happy and what is best for our personal needs.
Life is to short to do something that makes you miserable. Running outside in the rain is miserable and I feel no need to justify that to anyone.
I guess I’m thinking out loud about the ways social media has affected our running. Before social media, we ran hoe we felt like it. If we felt like running outside, we did. If we felt like running inside, we did. If we felt like training for a 5k, we did…a marathon…we did.
Social media will always cause us to compare us to each other. It’s something that is very hard to avoid in our modern day world. I guess my point is that not to put others down because where and how they choose to run.
We are all one large community of runners and human beings. There is no need to tear anyone down because they do not agree with you or how you train.
Questions for you:
Where is your favorite place to run?
What are you thinking about today?