When I went out on Wednesday morning for an 8-mile run I thought that winter had well and truly arrived. Yet, October isn’t quite over and done with yet though, and if I’m being brutally honest with my cowardly self, it wasn’t even that cold. If I can’t stomach that level of chill I’ll be well and truly buggered come January.
I’ll blame it on surprise. I haven’t felt like that in a long while. My hands ached in the frozen air, and the fog hung low over the fields. At the highest point (which isn’t high at all but is technically higher than where I start my run) the fog was so dense I could only see twenty feet in front of me, with walls of white mist surrounding me on all sides. Thankfully I’ve run that route more times than I can count, so I wasn’t about to get lost.
It did get me thinking about what a different experience running becomes in the winter. This last summer was particularly intense with heat, so even easy runs became sweaty slogs, but when I got back from my 8 today, most of which was run at a pretty hard clip, I was barely even wet. Although it can be more difficult to clamber out from beneath the duvet in the mornings, running in the winter is (literally) a much more chill affair. The miles feel steadier, and the further you go the warmer you get so the idea of running more becomes increasingly appealing.
As long as it not’s chucking it down with rain, there is something very appealing to me about being out and about on a brisk morning, the leaves mulching beneath my feet and the cool air waking me up from the lungs out.
I’m able to romanticise it now, but come January I’m sure that I’ll be dreaming of late evening runs which remain sweltering even in the fading remnants of the day. For now though, I’m quite excited by the prospect of racking up the mileage as the temperatures continue to drop.
Chicago is a city which takes the brunt of some pretty gnarly lows when the cool weather hits, but it certainly didn’t stop another batch of absolute heroes nailing the 26.2 back on October 13. Although it was Brigid Kosgei who took the headlines as she smashed Paula Radcliffe’s long-standing marathon world record, now we get to hear about the real stories that make marathons what they are.
This article on Runners World highlights a few of the most impressive individual feats from athletes across a spectrum of finishing times. Each of them runs for a different reason, at different levels, and have different stories to tell. There’s the 21 year old student who lost half his body weight while training for the marathon, whilst raising money for Action for Healthy Kids, and the woman diagnosed with Huntington’s Disease – a currently incurable condition for which she was raising money for, and awareness of.
In running the marathon together all those inspirational stories are united. Use them to push you on during your own running journeys.
Bedford Autodrome Grand Prix
This bevy of races was designed by ex-F1 driver Jonathon Palmer, and offers runners an opportunity to knock out a super-speedy PB with chip timing on a flat, tarmacked race course. Traffic free, and perfect for those looking for something as fast as possible.
Choose from a 5k, 10k, half-marathon, or marathon – each mileage upgrade just adds on a few laps, so you’re unlikely to get too lost.
For more information and booking details visit the website