As I write this, I’m drinking too much wine in an airport bar, on my second work trip of the week, because my flight was one of about 100 that were cancelled due to air congestion.
“What does this have to do with running” you might ask. Hang tight. I’ll get there.
The last couple of months have been beyond hectic for me. I haven’t been in a single city for an entire week since early October. I live in a constant state of quasi-packed, which leaves my apartment in a state of disarray on a regular basis. It leaves my body in a constant state of hyper-sensitivity because it can’t get used to an environment. And it leaves my brain and soul thinking I might be a gypsy.
I left the office early this afternoon, with the plan of making a couple of work calls at the airport before my flight, only to find my flight had been cancelled when I got to the airport. After 30 minutes with my company’s travel vendor, and several conversations with Craig from US Air, I was basically told, there’s a slim chance I’m getting home tonight. There were no fewer than 35 different things that could have gone better in this situation (note: the last train that can get you from Hartford to Philly on a Friday leaves at 4:42. I learned this at 4:45).
I was beyond annoyed. I’m supposed to run the Ugly Sweater 5k with friends, including Meredith from Scoot a Doot. There’s a good chance I’m not making it home for this. I’m bummed. I had an awesome ugly outfit. So awesome, I might just wear it for a random run if I don’t make the race.
The same goes for running, especially in the winter. Places around the country are dealing with abnormal weather this week. Races have been cancelled (Sorry, Dallas Marathon hopefuls), others could be cancelled tomorrow morning. You might be faced with unpleasant running conditions, especially if you don’t normally get winter weather. But the running goes on, or it doesn’t.
Staying flexible with your training, adjusting mileage, run vs rest days, or adding some new cross-training to your routine can keep you on track, sane, and happier through the winter. My friend Chris, the RunWestin Concierge, did a great post earlier this week about what to do during the”off season”. While I’m convinced he purposely left things out to start discussion, he makes a good point: Not running a ton, if you’re not running a winter race, is a great option that will have your body and mind fresh for spring race training.
I don’t suggest giving up a run to drink wine and eat hummus, but if you’re stuck in an airport on a Friday night, go for it.
Recent bad travel experience?
What’s your winter training plan?
Have you connected with Chris on social media? He’s pretty awesome.