You might have lived through it yourself or heard about in on the news, but Seattle got hit by four (yes FOUR!) back to back snow storms, better referred to as Snowpocalypse. For those of us who typically run outside a few days a week, being stuck inside and unable to run for almost two weeks due to crummy road conditions, this has proven to be a very challenging week. A lot of people I know say they just realized why they have been grumpy or slightly on edge. Its because we haven’t gotten our normal endorphin rush from running outside! Trust me, it is a very real thing and something that I personally struggle with. And don’t tell me to just run on a treadmill… That statement means that you just don’t understand the power of running outside and the effects it has on my mental state.
Along with being stuck inside for many, many days, spending a lot of time with my roommates, and doing anything and everything inside, I did a few other things that prove I was stuck indoors for way too long. First, I signed up for the CrossFit Open. I made a statement a few weeks ago to my PT that I just was not feeling up to competing this year. Without missing a beat he said that this competition wasn’t something I should feel forced to do and if I just wanted to cheer on my fellow gym-mates, that it was just as good as competing. Thank goodness for good people like him! But… then I was stuck in my house for way too long and ended up signing up. SO, if you are in the Open, LET ME KNOW! I am getting excited to see what I can do this year and the PR’s I will hit. And of course, to cheer alongside my entire gym on Friday nights for the next few weeks.
The other thing I did with start to really look into my race calendar for the year. I had not signed up for any races and in all reality, it was the strangest feeling. I always have a race coming up or something I am training for. But since October 1st, I have just been maintaining my fitness level and keeping it real. Slightly stressful but also liberating. Well, thanks to the desire to go run, I signed up for my first race of 2019! Just as I ended my 2018 season with a race in the Bellingham area, I am starting my 2019 season in the Bellingham area. I will be running the Birch Bay 15k, which is a lovely race along the water and I could not be more excited! So, if you are up for an early April race, come race with me! And because the race is put on by Orca Running, they are offering a lovely 15% off discount for any of the distances for the race with code: AMIREALLYARUNNER19
So, what do you do when you are snowed in? Do you end up signing up for races and competitions like I do or do you just take it easy and enjoy the day? I am currently very hopeful to get out for a longer run tomorrow now that the sun is making its way through the clouds and warming up the area. Stay safe out there friends!
Until next time
-Be Fearless, Go Boldly