There’s something I think every runner needs. Nope, it isn’t shoes. After all, some people wear those shoes that look like feet (“feet gloves”). I even saw one guy at the JFK 50-miler walking to the start line wearing sandals.
If you’re in the Northeast United States, or at least the Mid-Atlantic, then like me you’ve spent much of the past week hiding from the cold and snow. Here in Washington DC, we reacted to #Snowzilla with our customary coolness under fire (just picture a ballroom of cats given enough catnip to power several zip codes’ worth of Christmas lights, and then setting a herd of Roombas upon them. Did I mention the ballroom was on the Titanic?).
This probably has resulted in you being cooped up, or stuck on your treadmill. Runners get a little crazy when they can’t Do That Thing They Do (that song is in your head now, you’re welcome). All of this snow, slush, and ice might have you feeling a little behind when it comes to training, especially if you’re new to running, or if the 10-mile distance is a new frontier. I suggest remembering this mantra: