I probably should write a positive post in light of the negativity expressed in my recent post. So, here it is.
Thus far, I found a few things that make running in Virginia much better than running in Colorado:
1. Heat & Humidity. What?? Yep, my body is responding to this added environmental stressor by increasing my blood volume, maintaining better control of my body temperature and lowering my rate of glycogen depletion. In other words, I am adapting and become an even more efficient runner. Take me somewhere cool and I will blow away the competition!
2. No hills. Sure, I am a lover of running up hills, but I do not like running down hills. Now, I rarely have to run down a hill. Also, when I say I am going to be back in an hour, I will be back in an hour. The lack of hills takes out the guesswork of how long a run will be. I can just be fast all of the time…
3. Fewer rattlesnakes. Out in the Colorado foothills you kind of have to worry about stepping on a rattlesnake. No place is safe. In Virginia, there are a few poisonous snakes, but for some reason, rattlesnakes scare the pants off of me more than any other type of snake. And I don’t plan on doing any jungle bushwhacking just yet. Oh, and no mountain lions will be stalking me during my runs.
4. Warm weather. I know, I mentioned heat & humidity, but to add more to that I would like to mention the fact that I don’t have to log in to the weather report every hour and figure out what I should wear. I know for a fact that I will be wearing shorts and a tank top. Every time. Probably even for most of the winter. I don’t have to worry about: Thin or thick glove, both pairs, add a hand warmer or no gloves? Visor, thin or thick hat? Long sleeves or short sleeves or triple layers? Rain coat (because who cares if it rains here, I am soaked anyway)? Long pants, capris or shorts? Which long pants, thick or thin? Face mask?? Yak tracks?? Yeah, no more freakin’ questions about what to wear!
5. No need to study a map. Okay, so I did get lost in my new neighborhood last week. However, getting lost in civilization is a lot better than getting lost out in the middle of rattlesnake and mountain lion territory. I kind of had to look at a map for my run in the swampy state park this past weekend, but that state park is only about 4 miles wide and surrounded by a city.
6. More family exercise togetherness time! So, back in Colorado I had to squeeze the jogging stroller and the kid bikes into the back of the Acadia. Why did I bother driving somewhere to run and ride bikes? Well, I guess you didn’t see the giant hill that we lived on. Our entire neighborhood was a series of hills. Steep hills, long hills, short hills… just plain scary hills when your kids are learning how to ride a bike or when you are pushing 70 pounds of kids in a stroller. Now we can just grab the jogging stroller and bikes and head out the door. Our entire neighborhood is as flat as flat can be. I won’t be losing a kid down a hill.
7. Ah, the ocean. I have always been an ocean kind of gal. I was raised in California and spent some of my early years playing at the beaches and rocky shores of the north coast. Maybe it had something to do with why I joined the Coast Guard. And I do kind of have a thing for sharks and other sea creatures. Yep, I missed the ocean when I was living in Colorado. Now I am only about 20 minutes from the beach. Granted, it’s the east coast, but I will take it for now. I just get to run on the beach during sunrise instead of sunset…
So, there you have it. Running isn’t so bad in Virginia. I lather on the sunscreen and bug spray and I am on my way!