Every year I am guilty of thinking that spring weather is supposed to arrive the first week of March when track season begins. This never happens, so I’m not sure why I always continue to hold out hope that it will. Maybe it’s my absolute hatred of cold weather. Maybe it’s my struggle with some seasonal depression. Maybe I just have no more patience after several months of winter.
The first two weeks of track season have been utterly miserable weather-wise. I know for a fact that I was not coaching in two layers of pants, two shirts, a hoodie and heavy winter coat at the beginning of last season. On Friday I resorted to wearing snow gloves because my fingers felt like icicles through my regular gloves. One of the other coaches made a good point in that normally there is cold weather to start the season, but not so many days in a row of low temps and freezing wind chills. Normally there’s at least an average temperature day or two in the mix to break up the bad weather.
I will give props to my group of middle distance runners in that their complaining has been very limited. I’m not sure if they just tolerate the weather better than I do or else know that complaining will do no good, but their comments have been limited to a few at the start of practice. They’ve been dressing appropriately, and I’ve been having them run an extra warm-up before doing any speed workouts on the track. Thus far it’s proven to keep them injury free and out of the trainers’ office.
Truth be told the extra warm-up has given me an opportunity to get some running in as well. While I loved coaching just hurdlers last year, coaching the middle distance group means I can go running with them on recovery days. Granted they don’t run more than about 2.5 miles as their training doesn’t require more than that, but it’s still more running through the week than I was able to manage last season. I ran about 7 miles total last week. It’s not nearly enough to be training for anything, but it’s enough to keep me moving. I’ve supplemented the lack of running with DailyBurn workouts. I’ve also had my group complete core moves almost every practice. They actually seem to enjoy it and often give suggestions for other moves to complete. The good nature of my athletes has helped keep me from going too stir crazy while waiting for winter to end.
The sunny, near 50 degree, limited wind weather today also helped to boost my spirits. I went for a 5 mile run on the rail trail and soaked up the sun. I debated pushing 6 miles, but I decided against it. My hips felt a bit achy at times despite foam rolling on Friday and taking yesterday off. My right calf also felt a bit tender near the end. I’m attributing it to not completing any longer runs in about a month. I also still need to replace my running sneakers.
Five miles was enough though to clear my mind and help me reset for the week ahead. I’m hoping the potential nor’easter coming mid week stays south to avoid interfering with our season. The first scrimmage is Thursday against my alma mater. Here’s hoping Mother Nature soon recognizes that track is a spring sport and does away with this cold winter weather!