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Spring Forward to a New Running Season

Posted Mar 12 2012 10:57am

I seem to have this new spring in my step and positive outlook- and I know exactly why.  I have officially made it through the winter, with the clocks moving forward on Sunday the winter is in my rear view mirror.  Today across the country there are signs of spring everywhere with beautiful temperatures.  Denver 72. New York City 68. Nashville 68. DC 70. Chicago 66. Kansas City 75. Thanks to a jet stream that is super high up in Canada we are all having a gorgeous spring day.

Winter is gone; sure we may have a freak snow storm but gone are the dark short days and the brutal cold.  The spring running season has started and I couldn’t be happier that I made it here.  At times it felt like spring would never arrive, and just like every year it finally comes with daylight savings and just in time to save me from going insane.

I’ve been injured for the last month but slowly I am finally running again without any pain.  I’m glad that I listened to my body, and my doctors, so that I could come back for the spring season healthy and ready to run a few races.  As I am out there now rehabbing with a jog/walk routine I wonder how long it will take to build speed and fitness again.  With hard work, dedication and the spring weather I know that I will make it back to full speed shortly.

I’ve written in the past that the two best seasons for running is spring and fall.  There is something about finally having nice weather after a long winter and getting outside in shorts again for a run.  No biting wind, more people out on the paths and a renewed love of running.  I find that in the spring after being trapped indoors for the majority of my workouts that I have to slow myself down and try to take it easy.

It is a great feeling to be outside again and see each day get longer and warmer.  Today, get outside for a short run to welcome the spring season. Enjoy the first of what I am sure will be many fun and successful runs of the spring season.

What goals do you have for the spring running season? Have you felt trapped on your treadmill this winter? When is your personal end to winter? What is your favorite running season?

- Scott


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