For yours truly, the last couple of days here has seen bad weather and long hours in the office. Thus, my runs have been late at night (starting at 9:30 p.m.) on the treadmill in my basement. I run in the dark (except for the TV) because the treadmill uses so much power I am worried about blowing a circuit breaker. And my treadmill, even though it is a nice one that I bought second hand several years ago, has a significant incline to it even when level (according to my measurements and my high school geometry, about 1.5 to 2.0%). So, the runs on the home mill are hard and long, and quite honestly, really, really, boring.
And that got me thinking. What about running do I really enjoy? If I enjoy just the actual running part, the body in motion, I would enjoy, even relish, the treadmill runs -- there is nothing but a run. Do I enjoy the sense of achievement at the end? Yes. Is it being outside, in touch with the area and surroundings? Yes, I like that also. Is it the social aspect? yes. The physical confidence that comes with being able to run? That also. I have been reading alot of blogs about people running in the snow, on ice, with spikes strapped to their shoes. Or, with headlamps on running in the dark. I can't imagine that either. Why do it?
But running on the treadmill late at night, in the dark is just no fun, for whatever reason. I can't imagine I can do many of these runs without finding something else to do. On a big picture level, I look at these sessions as base building. Blocks that go into a larger building, and that will pay off later this spring and summer when I enter a more active "training phase."
A journey of a thousand miles is actually many steps linked together, and these runs are just a couple of those steps.
What do you enjoy about running? What motivates you in the dark days?