The beginning of spring usually marks the beginning of running season as more and more people are seen outdoors running. This is typical in areas where people are kept indoors due to the unbearable temperature and road conditions from winter’s fury along with shorter days. Even here in Houston, it's been the coldest winter in a very long time. But now with the weather warming up and the days lasting longer, more runners are seen outdoors dressed up in their “gear” and getting back into the rhythm of things. So what better way to start the season off running with the whole family? That’s what happened this past weekend as spring officially entered and emerged through this cold weather. Now with the longer days, not getting dark until the late evening, and with bearable weather we can all run outside, even the young ones.
After checking the weather and to see when the temperatures would be the warmest, we all slipped into our running tights, dri-fit long sleeve tees and socks, and lastly topped our heads with running caps to protect us from the shining sun. Then we all headed into the garage, grabbed our running shoes and slipped them on. The six of us out in the neighborhood was a sight to see, particularly with our highlighter yellow tops, especially as we began to run. For some of us, it was our first time out and about through the familiar streets this whole year. It was a wonderful day to get out and to see the delight of everyone enjoying today’s physical exercise. It was a pleasure to see people driving and waving at us and to see the neighbors’ reactions to the whole clan outside running. The neighborhood run not only thrilled the experienced runners in the family but also to the newbie’s with the accomplished feeling of running and the quality time spent with the family.
The neighborhood run lasted 7 miles for two, 5 miles for the most, and 4 miles for one. Despite the various mileages accumulated, we all had the ecstatic feeling of joy and success. With the longer days and pleasant weather we all should be outside running and enjoying the scenery. Now there is no excuse to be outside and running, so get your running shoes and GO!
If a running injury is stopping you from enjoying the great outdoors, be sure to call Tanglewood Foot Specialists. Houston podiatrist Dr. Andrew Schneider is here for you to ensure you keep happily running while the weather is great!