Yesterday I was looking through some things in my closet and stumbled upon the journal I kept in 2009 when I went to Europe in college. It was a 6 week course through my college that started in January. We went to Ireland, Luxembourg, Munich, Brussels, Paris and a few other amazing places.
While we were there, I ran every day. I have no idea how far or fast. I ran with my friend Robyn. No one had camera phones, so I don’t have pictures from my runs. It was always dark in the winter mornings and we didn’t carry anything but our iPods! My professor made a note in my journal (we were required to keep a journal and he graded them), that he couldn’t believe we kept running every day. He probably thought we were certifiable.
We would run, every single day, no matter how cold it was. I was thinking about this the other day when I ran with my Lululemon ear warmers, special tech gloves designed for my phone, tights, and reflective vest. Robin and I didn’t really have winter running gear. So we wore long johns under gym shorts. I had one wind breaker type jacket, and I would wear a long sleeved t-shirt under it. And I ran in the same one every day for 6 weeks. I rinsed it out in the shower of hotel rooms, but EW. Don’t judge me.
We also didn’t use headlamps. We would just run in a straight line for around 20-30 minutes (Robin had a plastic wrist watch), then turn around and run back in a straight line. We would tell the front desk people at our hotels that we were going out and turning left or right so they’d know which direction to look if we didn’t come back haha! I remember one morning it snowed and we decided to turn around early so we wouldn’t slip and fall. Mom and Dad if you are reading this, it was fine!! I’m home safe haha!!
Luckily Robin knew what the hell she was doing and was a more savvy runner and traveler than I was. But I loved running (in every sense of the word) around Europe and I’m so glad I got to do that. It definitely made me think what a baby I am now about the cold!!! When I go out for a “cold” run (in California this is like 40 degrees), I am bundled up!