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Dry conditions are usually favored in running, though it can be a welcome relief when it is warm outside. However, drenched clothes can be uncomfortable and when cold, wet moisture can cause body temperatures to drop quickly.

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This past weekend, I received one of the most wonderful emails from a reader since I started writing this newsletter just over three years ago. I wanted to share part of it with you because it’s a story I hear over and over, and I’d bet is the case for many of us.

Here’s how it went:

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“If you don’t think you were born to run, you’re not only denying history. You’re denying who you are.” — Christopher McDougall, author of “Born to Run”

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Several years ago, I had the chance to run the New York Road Runners’ New York City Half Marathon, which was run for the first time in the spring after years of being scheduled in July.

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Runners on the course at the Sierra Leone Marathon & Half Marathon (Photo courtesy Sierra Leone Marathon)

“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.” — Karen Blixen

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“Crossing the starting line may be an act of courage, but crossing the finish line is an act of faith. Faith is what keeps us going when nothing else will. Faith is the emotion that will give you victory over your past, the demons in your soul, and all of those voices that tell you what you can and cannot do, and can and cannot be.” — John Bingham

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A mom’s job is never done. And a running mom often feels like she never has enough hours to squeeze in a run.

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“Running gives freedom. When you run you can determine your own tempo. You can choose your own course and think whatever you want. Nobody tells you what to do.” — Nina Kuscick, the first official female winner (1972) of the Boston Marathon

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Runners put a lot of stress and strain on their feet and legs so it’s no surprise that many find themselves injured. Depending on the severity of the injury, they may be forced to take some time off of running for a few days, a few weeks, or a few months.

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Hollie Sick

One of the most common questions people ask is how I’ve ran over 40 half marathons. I wasn’t always a runner, in fact, I hated it until college.

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