Daylight Savings has kind of thrown our schedule off a little bit. I had to wake Brooke up at 6 pm from her nap yesterday.
She was real happy about it.
My brother-in-law took us all to dinner to celebrate my niece’s bday.
Salad bars make me smile.
Steamed broccoli, homemade whole wheat noodles and red sauce for the second course.
The kids even got to make a dessert cookie pizza that they took home with them.
I have spent about 16% of my day on Legos lately. Brooke is really into them and this was one of our creations from last night.
As we were walking to our house after dinner I was freezing and I started thinking about how much I am dreading running in the freezing temps. Boston is in April and so that means that there are going to be many cold runs in my future (along with many hours on the treadmill).
The best thing to do to stop complaining about being cold—> come up with a list of the BEST parts of winter running.
1. While you are running you forget that your fingers and toes have been numb for an hour because you are distracted by the beautiful freshly fallen snow all around you.
2. All of your winter running means that you get to eat way more holiday cookies than the average person.
3. Running on the snow and ice is great core work. To prevent slipping/sliding/falling you have to engage your core a ton to keep you upright.
4. Treadmill dates. When it gets REALLY cold just use the treadmill and set up a date with your running friends. You can run side by side and everyone can go whatever pace they want and do whatever workout they want and you can still run next to your buddy.
5. If you live in states like Florida, Arizona or Texas this is the only time of year that you don’t melt when you run outside. I am probably just going to have to go stay with my brother in Arizona for a few weeks this winter.
6. Running tights—> They keep you warm and looking good when you are running and then also as leggings for the rest of the day (okay, maybe I am the only one that does this).
7. We all know that chocolate milk is a great recovery drink after a hard run—> stopping at 7-11 after your run for a huge cup of hot chocolate (and marshmallows) is pretty much just as beneficial for your recovery.
8. Ice baths are soooo much easier to do in the winter than the summer. Just go sit in a river because there is probably ice floating around in it or you can just grab a few bowls of snow from outside to throw into your bath tub. Easy cheesy.
9. People think you are extra hard core when they see you running out in the snow.
10. Not only does it make you look tough, it actually makes you tough. Running in extreme conditions and not in your ideal situations will make all of those spring races feel like a cake walk.
What are your favorite parts about winter running?
What are your weekend plans?