8 mile runs on Monday mornings…

Now, if you are from a place, where it is seriously cold, and you are getting dumped on with snow, you are probably thinking this girl should count her blessings. But let me tell ya, I would rather have snow than rain. I would rather it be 30 degrees and sunny. I can tolerate crisp, refreshing, winter air, as long as, the sun is shining bright. ย With that being said…

It has been dark and dreary. Fog has formed, and a cold mist of rain has been lingering since early last week. It is totally dull, gloomy, depressing. I know it is January, but the weatherman promised the weekend would be a warm 65 degrees.

He lied.

It stayed around 50 degrees, the sun never came out, it was raining, but I still ran. I actually ran everyday…

Saturday, 1/12/13 – I ran an easy 5 mile run. It was 50 degrees, but gray and gloomy.

Sunday, 1/13/13 – ย I woke up early, and met L before work, for a 5.32 mile run. This one was full of “bitch” hills. It was a little warmer than 50 degrees, but again gray and gloomy.

Monday, 1/14/13 – I met up with L and ran 8.29 miles. This was the warmest of all the days, being 61 degrees. It still was gray and gloomy, with rain. This run actually felt amazing, and gave me the energy I needed for the rest of the day.

Today, Tuesday, 1/15/13 – I had my Art class in the morning, before work, so I took a rest day. It was gray, gloomy, and by the end of the day the rain was coming down hard.

You are probably wondering what is giving me my drive, to run on miserable, dull, winter days of gloom?


I am reading an amazing book called, Eat and Run, by Scott Jurek. It is inspiring me in many ways, including giving me motivation to run an eight mile run on a rain drizzle filled monday morning, like yesterday.


(photo taken from my iPhone)

“and now, running had turned into something other than training. It had turned into a kind of meditation, a place where I could let my mind… float free.”

Above is one of my favorite passages from the book, so far. Trust me, there are many more quotes to share… and although, the weather around here has been totally depressing, running in it, though it, all around it, feels good and keeps me sane.

Questions for You?

  1. What is the weather like near you?
  2. What motivates you to work out, run, eat healthy?

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  1. moveeatcreate January 16, 2013

    I love that book to no end! And, it’s been frigid here in Portland. I even had frost form on my running jacket this weekend – but it’s SUPPOSED to warm up this week! Yippee!

    • dorseyml January 16, 2013

      Oh wow! Good for you for getting out there on the cold days! I will be wishing for the warm weather to come your way! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. supergenericgirl January 16, 2013

    I feel really lucky reading this because the weather is nice and warm where I am (Sorry! Except I’m totally not sorry, I’m loving it!). Kudos to you for going on that run, though! Oh and I’m reading the same book! So inspiring! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dorseyml January 16, 2013

      Well I am glad you have warm weather! You need it for your marathon training! Oh and how funny… that we are reading the same book! I have been loving it. I like the recipes too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. teenieyogini January 16, 2013

    It’s been in the 80’s here! Keep up all the hard work!
    I’m looking at the book now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dorseyml January 16, 2013

      Oh wow! Lucky! Good I am glad you are checking out the book! It has a lot of inspiration to offer and some great recipes too.

  4. katiedaisy921 January 16, 2013

    Wow. Major props. 8 miles in the rain? That’s awesome. I have never run in the rain (well, not intentionally anyways). It’s been raining for three straight days here. I’m ready to see the sun again. I will have to check out that book.

  5. dorseyml January 16, 2013

    Thank you! Running in the rain isn’t that bad… Its just that running when the sun is shining is so much better in comparison. But you know my pain since you have had rain for 3 days straight. OMG, it must be even harder for you because you are a mom. I hope sunny dry weather comes your way. PS. I am glad you are checking out the book. You will love it, because it is full of running inspiration, and it has great recipes too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. thedancingrunner January 16, 2013

    It’s cold but the snow is gone from Texas now…thank goodness! I love running in the cold. This is my favorite time of year to run ๐Ÿ™‚

    • dorseyml January 16, 2013

      Yeah, I love winter running as long as it is sunny! I just hate winter running in the winter rain. It is suppose to snow tomorrow! So I might do a short 5K run and then go to Bikram yoga. ๐Ÿ™‚