Who's stupid now?

Stu-pid-i-ty
Noun
Behavior that shows a lack of good sense or judgement.

Often when I tell people about my outdoor runs, this time of year, I'm met with a look of bewilderment. That's followed by the question, "why?!" The exclamation point was necessary because it's often more of a demand of an explanation than a simple inquiry. Many don't understand why I would willingly go out in freezing temps and run. And they REALLY don't understand why I seem to enjoy it.

Depending on the day my answer could change. Some days I just shrug my shoulders and smile. Like it's a dirty little secret they don't get to enjoy. Other days I explain the benefits of outdoor running versus treadmill running; breathing in deeply the fresh air improves lung function, it prepares you for races by strengthening your muscles and joints better than the treadmill and it builds mental and physical toughness. And still other days I will simply reply,"because I'm crazy!" Notice I said crazy, not stupid.

I would never choose to run outside if it's dangerous to my health. Even I have my limits, believe it or not! Running through shin high snow...sure! But if it is 5 degrees out with a windchill making it feel like -20 degrees, I will stay inside like everyone else. I'm not trying to lose fingers or toes here, people! Runner's World agrees, they say, "You shouldn't run outside for more than 30 minutes in temps below zero." But remember windchill is actually more important. For example, if it is 30 degrees out that may seem fine to go run, right? Not if wind gust at 20 mph result in -15 degree windchill! That's when you pout a little, ( a lot if you're me) accept you have to use the "dreadmill" and get over it.

So be smart runners, be cautious runners, you can even be a "crazy" runner. Just don't be a stupid runner!