Brooke went bowling for her first time ever. She watched Curly bowl twice and then decided to go for it herself. She got the ball off of the place where the bowling balls are (I have no idea what that thing is called), walked to the correct line, stopped, threw the ball and knocked a few pins down. More on this breaking news in the next post.
I know I have posted this before but that is because I love it:
Here are a few of my tips for getting through the winter as far as running goes (when talking about how to get through the winter in general —> drink absurd amounts of hot chocolate):
1. The absolute best thing that you can do to help you to run throughout the winter is to buy some good gear. Good cold weather running gear will make the world of difference to you. It is worth every penny, I promise. No one cares if you wear the same thing every day (I wear my favorite winter running gear every time I run outside during the winter.. I promise I wash it) so you don’t have to buy a ton of different options but DO buy a high quality outfit or two. You get what you pay for:)
Having good gear makes it so I can actually enjoy winter running… Nothing like my body feeling warm and cozy while having the cold fresh air on my face when I am out for a run. That cold air on my face makes me feel so alive.
My current faves:
I pretty much wear this outfit every day and that is okay (I repeat that it is okay to myself 3 times every morning).
2. Warm-up inside of your house before you go out! Jumping jacks, jogging around the kitchen table, planks, mountain climbers… something to get your blood flowing so you are ready to encounter the winter wonderland.
Weird human tricks are also a great way to warm-up. You have to admit… we are pretty cool. We call this one levitation.
3. Rearrange your schedule. I probably won’t be doing too many 5 a.m. runs anymore (except on my treadmill) because I don’t want to fall on the ice so I am going to rearrange my training times just a little bit. I may hit up some of my runs in the afternoon during Brooke’s naps etc. etc. If you can, try to run during the warmest times of the day.
4. Just do it already. Running isn’t meant to be easy. And like I tell you 56 times a month, WE CAN DO HARD THINGS. Get out the door, that is the hardest part.
PS running with other people ALWAYS makes running in the winter a million times more fun.
6. Find an indoor track to do your speed work! A lot of colleges will have one of these (and I have noticed rec centers do to) and they have times that the public can use them.
Poor Curly. She almost made it through her last Yasso 800.
**********If you have had a crazy year of racing and pushing your body then maybe do take a few weeks/months to hibernate… if you are feeling overtrained then the winter is a great time to get your body feeling fresh again for spring racing season.
True feelings about winter (running in it and just the season in general)?!
What are your tips for running in the winter? What are some of your favorite pieces of winter running gear?
Do you ever use indoor tracks?
Are you good at bowling? What is your best score?