Okay, I know that is a catchy title but there is no real problem with spring marathons themselves. The problem is I live in Upstate NY and training is difficult. I do not like running inside. I will brave the temperatures and the winds and run outside if at all possible but there are some safety issues in getting in long runs during January and February mostly
What I am about to reveal may date me a bit. Back when I was in high school (no that is not the dating part), we had a week off in February to save energy (that is the dating part). There was a huge energy crisis so schools in New York State closed for a week in February. I am not talking just classes were not held. All events, sporting included, were not held. This was to save energy. You can imagine the weather we get if governmental officials thought this was a good idea.
So now off to my problem with spring marathons – training. I live where there are no sidewalks. I have to drive into town to get to sidewalks and, even then, they are not consistently on the edge of streets and roads. Since I live out of town center, I also live where roads, while having a yellow line down the middle, are barely wide enough for two vehicles to pass. Pile up snow on the non-existent shoulders and I am running in the lane with nowhere to go when traffic is coming.
I have some small rules and one generalization. First, the generalization – I tend to not drive to somewhere to run. Just doesn’t make sense to me. Now the rules. If the wind chill is in single digits, I do not go out. If there are plows on the roads, I do not go out. I try to wait until the garbage and recycling trucks have passed on that one day a week. I try to not run when the school buses – I live less than a mile from a bus garage – are on the roads. In short, I try to be safe and not too cold.
The problem comes when training for a February – okay, not spring, but was my first marathon ever – or an April – such as Boston or this year’s Blue Ridge Marathon in my case – marathon. I have to keep a steady training schedule. I need to get long runs in but sometimes – as is the case with this coming week – weather gets in my way.
Do you run outside in all kinds of weather? What “rules” do you have about when to not go outside?