So the deal is this. I would like to run the Vermont 50 in September. That’s 50 miles. I’ve done it before. I wanted to do it this past fall. That was not in the cards. I have plenty of time to make it happen. I’ll tell you, though, it isn’t easy to get the miles in during the winter. It is cold, it is slippery, I have to wear lots of clothing, I get sweaty, the roads are narrower, I use more energy, yada yada yada.
My schedule needs to match well in the winter, too. Getting up early is fine when the sun gets up early, but these days I need to be long home by the time the sun gets to rising. I do love to run early, but when it is 1 degree, like this morning, and dark and breezy and slippery… You see where I’m headed.
This is why people don’t do things like this, I realize. It is easy to make excuses. It is easy to make other things a priority. It is the accumulation of runs that makes it attractive to me. Any given run might be a drag, or it might be amazing, but piling them all up makes for some feel-good stuff. So I need to make it happen.
It will take time, I know that. I will do a couple more short weeks of twenty miles or so. Then I need to start getting in some longer runs. By the time spring comes, I will hopefully be in the position to take advantage of the warmer weather right away. When I ran the marathon in Burlington every year, I was always amazed at how many people I would see running once it got warm out. I would have the roads to myself, as I do now, until the fair weather runners came out.
Already I feel pretty good. Today was 10 degrees but I felt fine. I got in a few miles before I had to meet my daughter getting off the bus. I will run again this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday if all goes well. I won’t get in that many miles for the week, but enough for now. Once I get into it, I look forward to the next run. I am starting to feel that way now. My run today was too short. I can’t wait until I can take the time to run the eleven mile loop.
That will feel like I am getting in the miles. Then maybe 50 miles will seem within reach.