So on Sunday I went running outside for the first time since the New York City Marathon. I stuck to the treadmill for the few workouts that I did before Sunday as my runs were not very long at all. I can’t really last too long indoors and I wanted to run at least 10k on the weekend so I bundled up and headed outside. It wasn’t my favourite (only 2*C) but I got it done and it wasn’t horrible. While I was out there, I thought about all the good and bad things about winter/cold weather running (since it’s technically not winter yet…). Sometimes I like to mental write lists and blog posts in my head to take my mind off what I’m actually doing… 😉
The WORST things about winter running:
- It takes forever to get ready. All of the layers and all of the bundling up required is enough to make me tired before I even get outside.
- Warming up takes so. freaking. long. I am so incredibly slow for the first few miles because my body is frozen and my legs just do not want to move. I am good at keeping my core warm but I feel like the circulation in my legs and fingers is horrible. My quads are still frozen even after running for an hour in fleece-lined tights. HELP.
- LAUNDRY. It doubles in the winter and I hate it. I don’t put my running clothes in the dryer and my hanging rack isn’t big enough for all my gear so I find myself doing laundry way more often so that it doesn’t pile up. #firstworldproblems, I know.
- Stop-and-go becomes more difficult. I just pray that I don’t hit any red lights while I’m running because starting up after stopping for even just a few seconds is like torture for my frozen muscles.
- Snow + ice + darkness = danger. I either get up early to run or run after work and with the later sunrises/earlier sunsets, it becomes harder to see what I’m stepping on. I will usually make sure that I’m running on busier streets so that the sidewalks are cleared and salted. There have been times where I’ve come *this close* to disaster though. I might have to get myself a headlamp this year because you can never be too careful, right?
The BEST things about winter running:
- You feel like a total badass when you’re done. Not many people get up at the crack of dawn in the blistering cold to get their miles in. I know of like the fact that people think I’m crazy.
- POST-RUN LATTES. Enough said.
- As hard as it is to stay motivated during the cold months, sticking to a schedule and maintaining some sort of routine helps us to stay fit and ready for the next season. The worst is when you take months off and then have to start from zero again. Even if there is no race on the radar, keeping a base is smart so that we don’t have to ride the struggle bus when we decide to start training for something again.
- I don’t know about you, but I kind of struggle with S.A.D. in the winter months so staying active keeps those endorphins flowing and helps me get by. It gives me something to focus on rather than how much I dislike this season.
- Holiday treats are earned and deserved! There is no reason not to indulge, right? We keep moving, we keep eating! 😉
Am I forgetting anything?