Cold weather running. NO THANK YOU. I am not ready for long sleeves yet. It just doesn’t feel right. I went out for a short run yesterday but it took a lot for me to get out that door.
It’s definitely harder for me to stay motivated when the temperature starts to drop but once I publicly announced that I needed motivation yesterday, I had Facebook threats (HI BARB!) and texts coming through that really helped push me out the door. I also found this article on five tips to motivate you when it gets colder:
1. Strategically place reminders of your goals when you know need the motivation – You can make signs and put them by your bed/alarm clock (if you are a morning runner) or on your car dashboard (if you are an after work runner). I enter reminders into my iPhone alarm to give me that extra little push when I wake up. It works. Most of the time.
2. Have a heater in the bedroom for when you wake up or snooze – I thought this tip was kind of funny but I think it might actually work. I have a small portable heater that heats up my entire bedroom in minutes. I HATE getting out of bed and being cold so I am going to try to set my alarm five minutes early, reach over and turn the heater on, and then get up once my room is nice and toasty. This will make changing into my running clothes much easier.
3. Use small, local races to keep you focused – Right now I am still trying to figure out if I will be able to race over the next few months but signing up for races is definitely a great motivator and way to keep you on track. Even if the races are 5 or 10Ks, they will keep you in shape and ready for more intense training when bigger races come around. I have my heart set on the Scotiabank Half Marathon next month but if my PT (who I’m seeing today) says it’s out of the question, I may just do the 5K instead and then hope for the Hamilton half two weeks later.
4. Running buddies to keep you accountable – I don’t have too many friends that run…and if I do, they are in completely different neighbourhoods so this one is tough for me. If you are lucky enough to have someone close, take advantage and make running dates. This way you can’t bail. Runs with friends always go by so much faster too.
5. Get the right equipment – This one is my favourite. Every season (especially in Toronto with constantly changing temperatures) = new and different gear. More shoes + more clothes = happy runners. We love our running clothes more than we love our real people clothes. If you are excited to put on your gear, it will be that much easier to get dressed and head out the door.
I love how it’s only September and I feel the need to right about cold weather running. I’m a weak soul.
And in case you were wondering what Princeton’s seductive look looked like:
Yep. There ya go.
Happy happy Tuesday!
Do you find it harder to stay motivated as the temperature drops or do you live somewhere where you don’t have to worry about that?
What is your favourite piece or running/workout equipment? I have a thing for SHOESSSSSSSSSSS!