Today’s topic over at the Runner’s Lounge is “Spring Training”. I’m a big fan of spring (not so much of summer). It’s my favorite time of the year.
1) Make sure you have some variety – there are a lot of options out there. One day have a pilsner, another day a hefeweizen, another a pale ale. If you are in serious training, try a combination to keep things fresh.
2) Get outside – after a winter of drinking by the fire, it’s time to get out and enjoy the weather. Have a beer in your backyard. Hit the local outdoor cafe. Take a beer along on a picnic.
3) Get other people involved – it’s time to get out of hibernation. Throw a party. Introduce a newbie to the glories of good beer. Find a festival.
Oh, wait, the topic was spring training for running, not drinking. Oops. Well, really, those tips work just as well. Throw some variety in your runs. Look for new routes, new hills, new speedwork. Get off the treadmill and enjoy the lovely spring weather. Take advantage of the different times of day to run. Run with friends. Find a new runner and run a few miles with them at their pace.
I trained pretty hard this winter, so I’m not expecting to see major improvements this spring. I am, however, looking forward to WANTING to run again. Running in the cold or on the treadmill is a lot more forced than running in glorious weather is.
I ended up changing out a couple of beers for the basket. I found Starr Hill Jomo this morning and Williamsburg AleWerks Ale at the local Whole Foods. I discovered that I can indeed carry two six packs of beer in my Mountain Buggy stroller. Since this meant I did not have to drive anywhere and I don’t have to worry about dealing with the refrigerated beer, I am a happy camper. Hopefully the winner of the basket will be happy.
My legs are feeling better, so hopefully I’ll have a nice run this afternoon. It’s a little rainy, but as long as it’s not pouring, I plan to head outside.