Yet another Summer of enjoyable running has come to an end. I live in the Pacific Northwest, where the sun don’t shine between October 1 and April. All the jokes you’ve heard about the rain in Seattle (e.g. “there’s no windshield wiper off switch on rental cars here”) are pretty much true.
With the 1/2 (or possibly full) marathon I’m planning to enter not until June, I have a battle of the mind to stay fit and continue training. While running 8 miles on a partly sunny 55 degree day is great, running even 3 miles on a Seattle type cold windy rain drenching day is miserable.
There are no convenient exercise facilities for me, so I’ve ordered a mid-level quality treadmill (hopefully it will be here in a week). I hope to use it 4 or 5 days a week and manage to get outside at least once each week.
How do others manage to motivate themselves to train when the weather is nasty and the running pleasure is gone?
Or should I move to a sunnier location?