How funny that during my 60ish day running streak, I would have been out in this weather. Now, with the streak over, I easily decided, "nah, I'll run long another day, even if I just need to make it a two-a-day during the week." Why?
- Because 6 months ago I would not have known that I could, if needed or called upon, run at all in that weather.
- Because I was not mentally tough about my running.
- Because I lacked confidence in my ability to imitate Nike and "just do it".
And this was the purpose, the goal, of the running streak. I didn't have a number of days or number of miles to tell me when to end this unintentional streak. At some point, I knew it was important to continue because it was making me a physically and mentally stronger runner. And at the end of day 63, I was able to look inside myself and decide to wave the giant banner of "Mission Accomplished".
So now I know I can do it. And the biggest piece is I DON'T HAVE TO REPROVE IT TO MYSELF. So when I thought I could just sleep in and stay inside and keep warm and not completely wreck my running, oh yeah it was an easy decision.
Congrats to all who went out and ran in this weather today. And if you decided not to run in it, and are not sure you could have if you needed to, think about that and maybe one day you'll go out in it anyway because it pays bigger mental dividends than physical you know realize. And if you decided not to run in it for the reasons I also felt, I salute you too! No one is better or worse for choosing to run in this weather, we're all just in different places in our running. :-)