This winter that we are having hasn’t been easy. And for a runner, wow, it’s been tough. But the reality is, Winter workouts prepare you for Spring and Summer races. So what’s a runner to do? Hibernating isn’t going to get you to your goals.
So, just how do you stay motivated during these harsh Winter months? I personally set a goal. I register for a race, an event, something to help keep me motivated and accountable. I’ve found that without a goal, I tend to skip my workouts. But when I put something on the calendar, I’m more inclined to get myself out of bed for those early morning workouts.
When I just can’t get out in the dangerous cold or ice, I turn to my treadmill. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with the hamster wheel. But it can truly be a lifesaver during the winter. I thankfully have a treadmill at home. So I really don’t have any excuses. But lately I’ve been meeting a friend at the gym before our husbands go to work. It’s dark. It’s cold. And the world seems asleep. But I have to tell you, getting that early morning workout helps set the tone (for me) for the day. And I’ve found meeting a friend at the gym helps me to drag myself out of bed at 4:30am.
If you just can’t get outside, and you can’t stand the thoughts of running on the treadmill, then just move. Use the elliptical, swim, bike, jump rope, whatever you can do, just move!
I reached a point this winter that I just had to get outside. I needed. No make that, I craved fresh air, even if it was bitterly cold. So I bundled up. (You can read my Winter Running Tips here), and took my run to the streets.
I love running in the snow. I love the beauty of Winter. It can be so invigorating.
Winter Running isn’t easy, but it builds character!