The weather is unsurprisingly crappy here on the South coast of the UK. Today we had heavy rain, hailstones and sleet, accompanied by ice cold winds that make it feel like your face is going to fall off. Not a great day for running, that’s for sure.
Unless, that is, you happen to have signed up for some neo fascist fitness regime while under the influence of Christmas pudding last month. In which case, if you’re anything like me, you probably went out for a run to save your on-line face from the embarrassment of letting your Jantastic team down and repel the ridicule that your fun loving rivals would be sure to bestow upon you.
So, to cut a long story short, I went for a run. The plan was to run the usual 5K route along the seafront. However, after a more noticeable than usual helping hand from the wind for the first kilometre, I realised than turning round and heading West along the promenade was going to be much tougher than I wanted. So, after about 100 metres of face freezing winds, I decided to re-route to the more sheltered streets of central Hove.
This was definitely a good move as the wind didn’t cause me any problems once I was further inland. However, it also reminded me why it is that I like to run on the seafront. It’s not just the fact that there’s no traffic to stop for, or that there’s plenty of space to run on the promenade – in fact, the streets weren’t that busy at all.
No, the reason I like to run on the seafront is that, even though some sections aren’t particularly well lit at night, you don’t have to worry too much about where you land your feet because the surface is nice and even. The streets, on the other hand, are not only poorly lit, but the pavements are so uneven in places that it’s almost like running on a trail made of concrete and tarmac.
Needless to say, I ended up running pretty slowly to avoid the dips, trips and tree roots, and even had to walk at some points because it was just too dark to see the ground in front of me. Not ideal really, but still, I was happy to get my run in as, rumour has it, the weather is only going to get worse as the week goes on.
How’s your training going this week? Has the winter weather put you off your stride? Have you got someone or something encouraging you to get the job done? Or are you just one of those crazy people who loves to run against the elements? Please share your thoughts in the comments.