I hit the jackpot on Saturday with my running. I got to run with my niece and…
with Brooke. I hit 8 miles for the day which felt like the best way to start the new year!
I got the chance to see Bangs friend for a bit! She was in town and stopped over and it felt so so good to see each other in person again.
We watched the Rose Bowl! My house in the winter has approximately 4958 more toys everywhere vs the summer when we are outside all day.
100% back to herself!
I think we have officially survived the longest tenish days of our life… nobody has a fever anymore which just seems like a miracle at this point. I’m tired ha.
It’s that time of year for many of us where hibernating is very easy to do because of the weather outside. It’s a struggle for me EVERY single day that I run to get out the door in the winter but within a few minutes of running, I am looking around with a big smile on my face because of how gorgeous it is outside.
I’m going to share a few of the things that I do to help myself get out the door and into the cold!
*I tell myself that I am only going out for one mile. I tell myself that ANYONE can handle being cold for tenish minutes. I can handle just ten minutes of shivering. And then I get out there and my body warms up quickly and I keep going for more miles than I promised myself.
*If there is any possible way for you to be able to go out and run when the sun is out, do it! Even if it means my run will be shorter because I won’t have as much time running later in the morning or afternoon, I will sneak out when that sun is out because my brain needs that serotonin. 20 degrees in the dark vs 20 degrees in the sunshine feels like an entirely different world to me.
“Warming up raises your heart rate, core temperature, and blood flow to your muscles, which minimizes the stress your body undergoes when you ask it to work hard in challenging conditions.” (source for quote and it also has a great warm-up video there)
*Before you go out, do some squats and lunges in your house. It will warm your body up (especially if you are already in all of your winter running gear) and make you want to get outside to some colder temps. It will also wake your glutes up which is something I try to do year-round before a run! I’ve been doing strength before my runs and it is helping a lot.
*I love Yoga with Adriene and just taking 7 minutes before you head out will not only warm you up before the cold but it will also help you with injury prevention!
*I wear trail shoes on the slick days but you can also add your own screws to your shoes too!
*I remind myself that I GET to do this, I don’t have to… I GET to.
*INVEST in good gear <— Having just a few pieces of really nice gear will keep you happy winter running, I just end up washing them a bunch to wear them often each week. I’d love to hear from people that have found cheaper pieces of gear that keep them really warm too… like these fleece leggings on amazon that I love.
*If I can keep my core, ears, hands, and feet warm… I am happy. Get the accessories that help you keep those parts warm. Vest (I love this one too), earwarmer, gloves and socks that I love for the cold days.
*I’ve used hand warmers over the years to get myself out the door because just knowing my fingers won’t freeze saves me. I don’t use them anymore because with the gloves I just mentioned, I never need them!
PS I found this to be a really good idea for your toes!
*You can also convince someone to carry you through the snow to the clear part of the road if you are worried about cold toes;). The funny part is we were running through powder just a few minutes after this ha…
*Remind yourself before you go out that these tough runs will make you so much stronger for race day. Going out in the elements will make you prepared for bad weather on race day or make you extra strong for good weather on race day.
*In the past (when I had a treadmill indoors… now mine is in the garage which isn’t much warmer than outside ha), I would jump on the treadmill for a few minutes to get my body really warm before I took things outside.
*Whatever hot drink you love the most, have it all out and ready so that you can drink it quickly right when you get done. I just started using Perk Hot Chocolate and wow… it’s good.
*Soak up the views. Remind yourself that the winter views tend to be so much more dramatic than any other time of year. Reminding myself of the eyeball treats I get when I get outside helps to motivate me.
*Honestly, if running outside in bad weather doesn’t bring you joy, jump on the treadmill. I love a good treadmill run and if that is your jam, do it. Put on your favorite show, enjoy your dry feet, and know that a mile is a mile no matter where you are doing it and no matter what speed you are doing it at!
Give me your secrets! What do you do when the weather is bad and you need a run?
Feelings when it comes to the treadmill? Have those feelings changed over the years?
What was the best part of your weekend?
Give me the details on what winter is like in your area? Do you feel more or less motivated to run during the winter?