Good morning everyone! Today’s post is sponsored by Backcountry and I have an awesome discount code for you at the end of this post for the best gear to help you to keep enjoying winter.
I know that there have been some problems with Backcountry recently so I waited to post this until I saw them really repair the problems and go over the top in their apologies and fixing their mistakes. I have loved the way they have admitted they were wrong and come back better than ever while learning from their mistakes. I support that!
I remember hearing something when I was a teenager from a person that I really respected that I think about almost EVERY time I go out for a run. That person said that a lot of our happiness and joy in life can come from nature and being outside. When I first heard this I didn’t really understand it or think about it much because at that point in life, I hadn’t really spent much time in nature. It wasn’t until my mid 20s that I really started spending more and more time outside with my running. With each run I realized more and more that my soul needs the outdoors and how much of my happiness does come from nature. I realized that I always came home happier each time I spent time in nature. I saw that my confidence increased the more I was outside and I loved being able to see and experience things (like hidden waterfalls, different animals, the seasons changing, the crunchy snow, I could go on and on) that I would have missed out on if I wasn’t spending time outside.
At 27 when I was going through major life changes with a new little baby and a divorce, those outdoor miles were so incredibly important to me that I would do anything to get them, including waking up at 4 a.m. many mornings. That time outdoors in nature filled me up so that I could get through each day. The majority of my healing during that time of life happened outdoors.
Nature continues to be a big source of my happiness because there is just something so powerful about the outdoors.
My coach had us up on the trails often last year and besides the strength that those hills brought us, there is a peace there that I don’t really know how to explain but I know how to feel it perfectly. When I’m out on the trails with my friends for a hard run I feel adventurous and alive.
I’m so grateful for what nature does for me each day and I hope that my kids find the same joy that I do outdoors. I already see what being outdoors does for them when they are on their mountain bikes or when they are running or skiing. It brings out a confidence in them and gives their adventurous souls freedom!
The temperatures have dropped and winter is here but for me personally, being active outdoors throughout the winter is so important for my mental health. As hard as it was to train for an ultra through a tough winter for Utah last year, those mornings running through inches of fresh snow were just what I needed.
Runners don’t hibernate, right;)?
I think that the key to staying active outdoors throughout the winter is our gear. If you have the right gear, it’s so much easier to get out the door and explore. Backcountry wants everyone to enjoy their outdoor experiences and connect with nature so they offer the best gear for you to do what you love year round. Backcountry carries the best outdoor brands like Patagonia, The North Face, Burton, Fjallraven, Frye, Sorel, Marmot, Basin and Range, Arc’teryx and so so many more. I could spend hours on their website finding a million things I love.
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A few of my favorite winter running pieces from Backcountry!
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What does nature do for YOU?
When did you first fall in love with being outside?
What is your favorite season for running?
What’s your run today and what kind of weather is it for you today?