To fully enjoy any outdoor run, you need to be dressed correctly. Especially if you are out for a run in the cold. If you are a Canadian like me, you can understand how leggings, base layers and a good running jacket become an essential part of your running kit. A hat and gloves are also worth investing in – hands that are warm when you begin can, in contrast to your rapidly heating body, get colder and colder as the blood gets diverted to other parts of your body.
Even though you may be going slower, the sensation as an avid runner is addictive. The ground beneath your feet disappears instantly, as if the world has become your own personal treadmill. Quite often you feel invincible – of course, right up to the moment when a car pulls out of a driveway and you are forced into a thigh-juddering halt.
When you face that moment in complete solitude – the mental battle where your legs keep saying “stop”, but your brain fights back with a stern “no” – all too rare in our busy urban lives, is what outdoors running is all about.
No matter the season, much of the satisfaction from running comes afterwards: those runs that were the last thing you wanted to do, but you did them anyway. When you set a goal and push your limits.
So when the mornings and evenings start drawing in, don’t stay in. Go out and meet them.