It’s lunchtime. I look out of the office window. It’s still raining. And the wind is currently re-arranging the garden furniture. I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t look good.
The timing is unfortunate. For the last few weeks I’ve replaced the lunchtime dog walk with a dog jog. Fred is ready. He’s warming up with intervals up and down the stairs and the odd pirouette thrown in for good measure.
I don’t know how to break it to him, but it’s tempting to sack the run off. Why would anyone want to go out in that?
But I don’t and what a decision that turned out to be. It was on that run when I came up with the idea for this newsletter.
You see, as I was being battered by the wind and rain, I realised I actually don’t mind what I’ll generously describe as sub-optimal conditions.
I’ll tell you why.
If you’re waiting for the perfect conditions, you’ll be waiting a long time
Well, you will in the Pennines anyway. It’s rained for the last 5 days. And it’s due to rain every day for the next week.
Sometimes you’ve just got to suck it up and get out of the door. See what happens. Give it a go.
It’s not so bad if you’ve got the right gear*
‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ as the saying goes. Invest in some gear for the conditions. You can’t stop it from raining, but you can stave off hypothermia. Which is something.
By having the right gear, you’ll be in a better place to deal with whatever is thrown at you.
If it was easy, everyone would do it
If it was all lovely scenic runs in the sun, you wouldn't be the only one out there. Far from it. You'll be dodging the human traffic, waiting for people at gates and stiles, having to go at their pace not yours. I can’t help feeling that takes the gloss off it. It doesn’t appeal to me anyway.
There’s something about going where other people don’t. Starting an adventure. Getting off the beaten track and discovering new paths, however grim the weather, is what it’s all about.
Sometimes you need to share the pain
There’s nothing like a bit of accountability when you’d rather just stay in your warm bed. Knowing you’re not the only one about to go through it. If you don’t turn up, you’re letting someone down.
You can learn from each other too. Some might have experienced the conditions before, they know what to expect and how best to prepare.
Get through the tough days to enjoy the good days
All the good days would merge into one if you didn’t have some tough days, wouldn’t they? They’d just be…well, days?
Put the miles in on the tough days and they make
you stronger ready for the brighter days ahead.
If there’s something you want to try but you don’t like what you see through the window, maybe it's time to embrace the conditions. Get out of the door and see what happens.
*When it comes to investing in running gear, I’ve gone all in. Just ask my wife. Thermo socks. Winter tights. 3-in-1 gloves with mitts (seriously). If Inov-8 sell it, I’ve probably bought it.