This morning I rolled out of bed, shuffled to the kitchen and squinted my eyes a couple of times while staring at the thermometer.
Still negative eight.
I decided to hold off for several hours before attempting a run. Thank goodness I did, because it warmed up to a quite toasty 6 degress. 😉
A lot of people have been asking me lately how I manage to run through the winter. My answer is pretty simple.
(1) I can’t afford a gym membership, so this isn’t even an option!
(2) 80% of my mood is dependent on whether or not I had some form of movement throughout the day. In other words, it’s crucial! For me and for the people around me. 😉
(3) The right running gear is everything!
Case in point…I’m not afraid to look really, really silly when going out for a really, really cold run! 😉 The more layers, the better. I always wear my knee length wool socks, Nike running tights, a long sleeved T-shirt, a long sleeved fleece, and a wind breaker on top. I also wear a wool hat on semi-cold days and a balaclava which keeps my entire face warm on those days when the wind is as fierce as the temperatures.
But, do I enjoy winter running?
Yes and no.
Some days, it takes every ounce of motivation to get myself out the front door. But usually I can convince myself that I only need to run one mile and everything else will be counted as extra. Once I’m outside, I always run at least two miles to make it worth the extra effort that it took for me to get outside in the first place. 😉
And I kind of like feeling as if I’m the first to witness the rising of the morning sun, as it makes its proud declaration, “don’t worry, world, I’m still here.”
When I came back from my run, I made a super sized salad…
Lettuce, Garbanzos, Pumpkin and Sunflower Seeds, Avocado, Black Olives, Tomato, Cucumber, Avocado, Carrot, Snap Peas.
There was also a Dr. Praegger’s Veggie Burger on the side, with a scoop of hummus and a glass of soy milk. Chilly weather + Run = Hungry Girl. 😉
Fitness Friday Recap
Saturday: 4-mile run
Sunday: 3-mile walk
Monday: 2-mile run
Tuesday: 2-mile run + Yoga/Strength
Wednesday: 2-mile run
Friday (today): 4-mile run
QUESTION: How do you manage to stay active in the winter? I like to keep on running, but I also like to mix it up with snowshoeing as often as possible. If the weather is really bad, I’ll stay indoors and do a circuit workout of burpees, squats and other such exercises. This kind of fast-paced workout gets my heart pumping while toning my entire body. 😀