Fitness Fridays: No Excuses


After six weeks of no running, I finally ran this afternoon. It was a brisk 21 degrees Fahrenheit. I ran just under a mile and three quarters. The first mile is always the toughest, especially in cold weather. I regretted not putting on warmer mittens and not using my face mask.

Other than the wind I felt fantastic. I had forgotten how much of a meditation running is for me. It clears my mind. I do not run with music because I had to run in the street. I need to be able to hear. I use the cadence and rhythm of my feet to keep me going. Plus I spent the night before at a rock concert so my ears needed a break.

Winter running is not for the faint of spirit. The cold and wind took my breath away at first. Once I got through the first half mile, I was warmed up. No excuses for not getting out there unless the windchill is dangerously low. Running centers me. I need that in my life to ground me.


About tranquilamama

Juggling parenthood, housework and working outside the home in the corporate world with my wonderful husband. Mom to 2 beautiful girls. PPD and PPA survivor. The title of my blog is after a phrase that was repeated to me in Spain during my semester abroad in college. It roughly translates to relax and calm down. Trying to tame my inner perfectionist and just be a good enough mom.
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4 Responses to Fitness Fridays: No Excuses

  1. John says:

    Over the weekend, I got an email from the race director of my next marathon . . . I have 8 weeks.


    I haven’t run since Thanksgiving.

    I’m trying to solidify my running plans — but, like you, the cold is affecting me (though you’re braver than I am . . . I won’t go out unless it’s, at least, hovering near freezing . . . 21 is too cold, especially before you factor wind, though windchill, here, today, is expected to hit -40). My hope is to start running on Tuesday/Thursday mornings, and then a long run one day a weekend . . . we’ll see how that goes. I miss the calm it brings over my mind. A lot.

    • John, that is what kills me. The windchill is brutal. I can run in snow and ice, but that wind is just wicked. Your plan sounds like mine – runs on Tuesdays and Thursday mornings and then a long run on the weekend. I had forgotten how much clarity and peace I feel while running.

  2. Laura says:

    Yay running! I’ve been using this pregnancy as an excuse. I mean, it is legitimately a lot harder, but still… Reading this makes me look forward to getting back into running. Good for you for getting out there in the cold!

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