The answer to the below question asked on the cover of the book that I just got in the mail—> REALLY BAD.
Loved this part.. he nailed it: “To become the best athlete you can be, you need to become really good at coping with the characteristic forms of discomfort and stress that the endurance sports experiences dishes out, beginning with perceived effort and extending to the many challenges that are secondary to it, such as fear of failure. You must discover, practice, and perfect the coping skills that conquer these challenges most effectively. My own term for a highly developed overall coping capacity in endurance sports is mental fitness.”
It was a gorgeous night.
And Brooke almost passed out when she saw Christmas lights out already.
We shared a sandwich and soup together at Zupas and clearly I am a great dinner date because I can get her laughing pretty hard.
Brooke joined in on a zumba class.
And she shot some hoops.
And then we were both wasted by 8:13 pm. I could have gone to bed at 7 last night and been happy.
Check out my post on Women’s Running HERE… miles really do change us.
You’d think that we as runners would take the winters off. Ya know, the freezing temps and ice should keep us inside waiting patiently for spring to hit so that we can get back to running but NO… we keep running through the cold and dark months. If you need a little extra motivation to keep up with your running I thought I’d share the 10 reasons why I run through the winter.
1. Because we GET to run so we like to take advantage of that blessing 12 months of the year.
2. I feel like most of the winter involves me rushing from house to the car/car to the house and so I don’t get a lot of fresh air. Running gives me that fresh air and sunlight (when it is out) that our bodies naturally crave.
3. Because the fact that it is dark and cold outside puts a damper on my attitude about everything and running seems to lift my spirits right back up to normal… those endorphins. Magical.
4. Because we are a heck of a lot tougher than quitting because those silly temperatures are not what we wish they would be.
5. You don’t have to start all over again. It’s always crazy to me how long it takes to build back up your fitness after taking time off and how quickly it goes when we take breaks. Just keep up with it and that spring/summer running will be pretty great because you won’t have to start from zero all over again.
6. You have to admit, those runs that happen on a fresh new blanket of snow are pretty fun.
7. Because if you get some good winter running gear it actually isn’t that bad. An awesome pair of running tights, a sweet jacket and gloves (with some hand warmers) can keep you nice and toasty even in the coldest of months.
8. The holidays can be stressful and we all know that running is one of the best ways to deal with stress.
9. People driving by seeing you running out in the cold think you are even more hardcore than ever.
10. Because when it gets really bad out we are beyond lucky to have that little invention known as the treadmill so that we can still run and sneak in watching our favorite tv shows at the same time.
Donut forget to check out my DONUT FORGET TO RUN shirts HERE!!!!
What keeps you running through the winter months??
Do you live in an area where the winter month temperatures are perfect for running? (aka Arizona:)
Ever taken a zumba class? Favorite group fitness class?
How have the miles changed you?