Since New England weather is so nasty around New Year's and I don't go to gyms, I only hear from others about how crowded the gyms are. I wouldn't know. I'm still the lone crazy guy trudging through the snow/ice and dealing with the extreme cold. But, from what I hear, those gyms are crazy!
The second time, and the one that I notice, is when it finally gets warm in New England--or warmer, I should say. We've had temps in the 6os/70s, which means that I will actually see people running in the evenings or on the weekends. I know that I don't see them when it gets at all chilly, so my bet is that this is the I-have-to-wear-a-bathing-suit-this-summer crowd.
And you know what? That's absolutely fine. While not all of you will fall in love with the sport, some of you will. And that means there are more runners this year than there were last year. And new runners. And probably some past runners as well. Do we begrudge the fact that you may start and stop? Not at all. In fact, we're rooting for you.
But if you're listening, er, reading, here's what I'd recommend to stay interested in the sport.
- Start out slowly. Start by running an amount of time and don't worry about the distance. It will come.
- Make sure you get new running shoes because, more than likely, your sneakers have way too many miles on them. And, if you can, try to only use them for running.
- Be OK with walking a bit, especially in the heat. Listen to your body.
- Try to change up the routes so you don't get bored. A bored runner won't be a runner much longer.