The Change Maker

Running Diary, Week Thirteen: Feeling Like Fall or Autumn (whatever you prefer)

D half-jokingly suggests that I might be cold blooded and unable to generate my own body heat because I am perpetually cold. This might lead you to believe that I thrive in hot weather but you’re wrong and I don’t, at least not when it comes to working out. While I love warmish temperatures, anytime the thermometer reads more than 23 degrees celsius, I’m hesitant to do anything too strenuous outside; I don’t enjoy being hot even before my work out has begun. The hot weather even affects my yoga routine, which I do indoors because the studio I go to is a heated one and I don’t enjoy leaving my hot workout for hot weather. So in other words, I am extremely finicky. I haven’t always been like this but I am now, so I guess I’ll have to deal with it. Since I haven’t fainted in the heat or experienced anything dramatic before, this is definitely a matter of preference and poses yet another minor roadblock but I can get over it eventually.

Anyway, I’ve been some-what fortunate this year because we haven’t had much of a summer and temperatures have been dipping over the past few days (this joy over cooler weather only applies in the context of working out, otherwise I think I could live on the sun). D and I went out for a run last night and everything was so much more enjoyable and I felt as if I could actually breathe and enjoy myself. I’m hoping that the cooler weather will inspire me to get out more often and right now, I am cautiously optimistic.

On a side note, embarrassingly since I’ve been out so sporadically and at such an infrequent rate, my butt has been sore but I’m remedying it with more regular yoga classes. I even woke up at an ungodly hour today to make a 6am practice and I have to say, it was totally worth it. The class was a silent practice with no music and minimal instruction which meant that the focus was primarily mental rather than physical for me. While the stretching helped me feel more limber and less sore, the real benefit came in the form of feeling centred, focused, and calm. A lot of serious runners I know combat muscle soreness with stretching and yoga but I’m wondering if that’s the case for others out there and if not, what solutions you have – I’d love to hear!

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