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I don't know how, but in the span of seconds last night, waffles managed to start rolling around on my computer, and open every single photo in i photo. All 10,000 of them. I had to shut the whole thing down because they just kept popping up like a machine gun. Thanks Waffles.
Because i have been waking up well before dawn to take care of the little rascal, i've been frusterated i can't use this time to run, unless there is some kind of puppy sling that would allow me to strap waffles to my back. Or a special puppy jogging stroller.....wait, i googled it, of course they exist:
Good to know....
Anyways, i've been thinking. On one of my long runs, someone made a crack when i said this would be my first marathon. They said "you chose a spring marathon for your first?!?!?!?" It was obviously a crack on the less than stellar weekend weather we have been having, but it made me think, OF COURSE i chose a spring marathon for my first. I have every intention of running the Chicago marathon this fall, but it will be so much harder to train for. The heat....The humidity, the jam-packed lakefront, swarms of mosquitos, endless barbeques and cookouts tempting me away from training. Did i mention the heat? Because its a biggie. I have major issues when it gets about 80 degrees. Sure winter is cold and wet and icy, and i will most likely fall...often...but at least there is fluffy snow to help break those falls. Plus there are less people on the lake front, and almost no bikers.
I hate being cold more than most, but in my opinion, the benefits outweigh the discomfort. It nice that we get the full effect of all seasons here in the midwest, and can choose to train through winter or summer, unlike those poor, poor people in southern california who only get beautiful weather year round.
Training for a spring marathon:
more space on the bike path
people think you are a badass
very little risk of heat stroke
apparently you run at a lower heartrate? someone told me that...
It's always dark.
It's always cold.
a lot of the time you have to run slower because of snow and ice
chances of falling are greatly increased.
Bathrooms and water fountains are shut off for winter
Training for a fall marathon:
Never alone on any running path
Sun comes up at like 5am and doesn't set until 9
Much easier to find someone to run with you
Significantly less laundry
It gets really hot and humid
Heat exhaustion risk/running at 5am to avoid heat
You will sweat all the time on everything
Paths are overcrowded at peak times
Risk of being mowed down by someone on a bike increases.
What are your thoughts? Which marathon (or half marathon, or 10k, or 5k) would YOU rather train for? Have i missed and obvious pros and cons??