Archive for December, 2012

Running in the Snow

Posted in Training on December 30, 2012 by activerunner

brrrrrrrrrr it chilly outside and a fresh blanket of snow has finally found its way onto our running trails.  Running in the cold can definitely put a damper on your running motivation.  I do not particularly like running in the cold and snow.  In fact, I pretty much hate it.  It makes ears ache, noses run, and breathing painful.  And I find it quite dangerous for those of us who may be a bit clumsy on dry ground, let alone slush and ice.  Plus people tend to think runners out in cold weather are crazy!  But cold weather is just another excuse and shouldn’t stop you from getting a good run in. Real runners run all year around!

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With that said…. I ran outside in the snow for the first time yesterday!  Guess I’m not quite a real runner yet.  It took me a while to scrounge up the motivation but once I sucked it up, I found winter running beautiful!  Of course I had to steer clear of snow banks, dodge ice patches, avoid slush pools and focus all my concentration on where I was stepping, making the white wonderland more difficult to enjoy, but made for a more exciting run than usual.

I have decided I don’t need to be scared of the snow and cold, I just need to be prepared.  There are a lot of clothing options for winter runners that I have always found hard to resist when at the mall.  They are fun to wear too.  Did you know they have shoes specifically for running in the snow? Of course they do!   I could definitely use some… learned that the hard way while running yesterday.  They even have non slip attachments you can put on your favorite running shoes if you don’t want to buy a new pair.

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So that solves the ice excuse.  Having the right apparel solves the cold excuse.  It can also help with motivation!  If you have the stuff you might as well use it.  What’s going to stop us from running now?  We are running out of excuses, literally!  I for one am done with excuses.  I’m going to be out there running in the snow like a champ and I’ll do it looking like this.

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Call me crazy, but I’m not going to let a little cold stop me.  As long as I’m warm and slip free I don’t care because I run all year around.

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A Losing Season

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on December 28, 2012 by activerunner

Losing is not necessarily a bad thing.  Losing provides a chance to learn how to fix weaknesses and become better.  There is always a loser in every sport you play.  But when its you who is constantly losing… that can’t be a good thing. Involvement in a losing season is tough.  You lose a lot more than just a game, when you lose every game of the season.

I’m coaching basketball this year, well I’m assisting, and we have not won once.  we’ve lost every game by more than twenty points.  It’s pretty sad.  I’m not used to losing so much and I see the toll it takes on the girls.  The girls think they suck at basketball, which is probably not too far from reality to be perfectly honest.  But I still think you can learn something from a losing season.  You learn more about yourself and how you handle losing.
I watch these girls and their reactions to loss.  There are a few girls whom are just working to improve.  they love basketball and want to play, that’s it.  But the majority of the girls are frustrated, have no motivation, don’t care, and many have quit!  We’ve had ten girls quit this season.  We don’t have a sophomore team, we barely have a JV team.  And they all quit because they didn’t think we were going to win games.
 Mind set contributes significantly to a losing season as well as a winning season.  These girls don’t care enough to win.  They don’t even care enough to play. I honestly believe that any team can win games, if only a few, when they have the will.  Even if they are the most uncoordinated, un-athletic team out there.   “If there is a will, there is a Way!” Right?  The will is what makes teams work.  It’s what drives them.  It’s what makes them improve.  But you’ve got to have the right attitude and be able to handle the losses and use them for motivation.
Yes… losing sucks, and I always get a little upset.  That may an understatement because I absolutely hate losing.  But losing can be a good thing if you don’t let it become acceptable.  My team is beginning to accept losing.  They have fallen into a trap and are no longer trying to break free.  When teams or individuals start feeling comfortable with losing, that is when the  loss becomes more than a loss.  It becomes demoralizing.  Those who don’t accept losing believe they are winners.  Those who accept losing believe they are losers.  And with that mind set, you’ll never learn to win.