You might be wondering what, exactly, marks the beginning of the running season? The answer: the start of regular training for spring races. That's probably the most accurate answer, but in my case, the timing is also due to the arrival of temperatures that, while not warm, are no longer likely to cause frostbite.
The Winter was not fruitful for my running career. There were many weeks where I managed a full 40 km, but there were just as many where I stayed inside because the temperature outside was 20 below zero. But the cold weather has passed (at least for now) so there are no more excuses. My first race is at the beginning of April, and week one of my 12-week regimen is currently underway: eighteen kilometres done and five hundred kilometres left to go.