Wasn’t I just complaining about running a few days ago? Yup, definitely was. But I like to try to keep things positive around here. And even when running and I are not getting along, I know we will make up eventually.
So today I would like to share 5 reasons to love running in the month of February. It may seem like one of the worst months for running, but it doesn’t have to be! It’s all about perspective. Focus on these reasons to love running this month and maybe running will treat you well (or at least better than it’s been treating me)!
1. It’s still cold out, but we have adjusted.
After about 3 months of winter, we are now used to the cold weather. We may not enjoy it, but usually it allows us to run faster than we could in the heat.
2. You may be coming off your off-season
Many of us cut back on running after a fall race, or during the winter, and this is the time that we are getting back to training. Doesn’t it feel good to be increasing your mileage again?
3. Some of us are starting to train for a spring race
For races in April or May, February is still early enough in the training cycle that the runs aren’t too bad. It’s still the time of early-training-plan excitement when we are happy to be following a schedule again.
4. It’s the last real month of winter!
I think most runners consider March the beginning of spring running. We just have to make it through the (short) month of February and then we can enjoy warmer weather! (Maybe….probably not…)
5. We are starting to get more daylight
In the morning the sun is starting to rise earlier which means those of us who are morning runners will get to enjoy a bit of daylight as we run (until daylight savings begins in a few weeks!). It is also staying lighter in the evenings, perfect for those who run later in the day.
So don’t be mad that it’s still winter. Try to embrace February and show it some love. I hope that this month brings good running vibes for all of us!
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What do you love about running in February?
Are you training for a race? Finishing up your off-season?