As the mornings have got lighter, the footpaths are filling (might be over-egging that) with runners.
Must have seen a couple of dozen on the way into work this morning alone.
Where were they two months ago?
This made me realise a couple of things:
- Some people who run aren't running the London Marathon, they're just running because they 'like' it.
- Some people only want to run when the weather's nice.
When considering the latter I initially - and quite naturally - considered them with contempt. Fairweather runners only doing it when it's easy and nice weather.
Sadly, my argument falls apart a bit when I think about my training over the last few months.
I can probably count on the fingers of one had the number of times I've run when it's been raining.
Snow - once. Wind - frequently (insert own joke here). But rain? Perhaps three times?
Perhaps it's the cold then?
Well, not really. I was sweating running in the snow, so that doesn't seem likely either.
That leads me to think that it's not so much the weather, as the light.
Have to admit, I'm not a fan of running when people can see me. That doesn't bode well for running around the streets of London with thousands of others alongside me, not to mention the thens of thousands lining the streets.
But, I guess it feels safer and less daunting to run in the light, so I'm going to reserve my contempt as it's possible the fairweather runners were still running in the winter, just not at the stupidly early time in the morning when I'm on my way to work.
Has got me wondering how many of them are training for the marathon though.