Since the horses were boarded out in early December because of my arm surgery, I've been making an effort to stay fit. It's surprising how much energy it takes to muck stalls, move hay and feed bags that each weigh upwards of 40 pounds. I've been a runner forever, I've never really quit running but since I am making an effort to run 4 days a week, the difference is notable.
I have little empathy for people who don't exercise, stay fit, make an effort to get out there and just do something everyday. If it's above 25 degrees I run outside. The key is to have the right clothes and there's nothing wrong with looking good too, right?
Nike is my vendor of choice. I run in tights, a long sleeve half zip and then I layer with my Acrteryx vest and jacket when it's windy and really cold. Gloves, hat, and of course, the trusty iPod.
I don't go that far anymore, under 4 miles, my marathon days are long gone. But it's enough to keep me fit, give me a decent workout and feel great.
Bought new shoes this winter too!
You know, you have to take care of yourself and running is my "fix" and it solves so many problems. Just learn to do it, or something and learn to stick with it for long term good health.