How Twitter got me to run in the snow
Sunday morning I rolled out of bed freezing and half awake. It was 8 a.m., I made a quick breakfast and checked the Central Ohio Primary Care social media pages (Facebook and Twitter). I know a lot of the people that follow are physically fit and active, but I didn’t know how dedicated a few actually were when it came to having a workout routine and sticking with it.
A few of our followers were talking about running 3-5 miles that morning. Yes, that’s a lot of miles but what struck me, was that it was 10 degrees outside! How could they possibly function?
After an hour or so, I set out to find out myself. After putting on four layers of clothes a stocking cap, gloves and face protection, I was ready to run. By this time it was 9:30 a.m. and a sweltering 18 degrees outside. I did a few stretches and had second thoughts of actually going through with it. I know I may be making this out to be more than it really is, but I am not a runner.
The last time I ran, was on September 5th, for the Central Ohio Primary Care Foundation’s “Run 4 the Health of It.” Even then, my goal was to finish without walking.
That day was a little different. Sure it was cool and windy out, but it was still 75 degrees. This time it was very cold and a little windy. My fiancée, Jenny, thought I was nuts for attempting the run. My goal was to run a mile and a half and walk back home.
When I first started my run, the only thing running through my head was, “Watch out for ice and don’t fall.” I had a nice steady pace going and luckily I didn’t fall. Half way through the run, my face and lungs were frozen. The funny thing was, I didn’t stop and by the end, noticed that I was actually doing pretty well considering I took a few months off.
After finishing the run, I was exhausted but made sure I stretched before continuing the walk home. The walk back wasn’t bad either. Despite the cold, I had a smile on my face. I was glad that I had accomplished something new.
I can’t say it was all fun and games. The rest of the day I was exhausted and my legs are still pretty sore. But, if I hadn’t looked at the Central Ohio Primary Care Twitter feed yesterday, it is likely I would not have had the motivation to run or be active. It’s funny what can be motivating.
Each week, it is my plan to do something new with a healthy twist to it and document it here. It could simply be trying a new health shake or going to a yoga class. I will continue to look on Facebook and Twitter for ideas. It would be great to have your ideas and comments as well.
Please remember, any application of the techniques, ideas, and suggestions in this document are at the reader’s sole discretion and risk. Always consult your physician or health care professional before performing any new exercise program, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, elderly, or if you have any chronic or recurring conditions.
Mike Podesta – COPC Social Media Coordinator