|Winterfest 5k during a historic Blizzard (2+ feet of snow!)|
2. Create an indoor training space. If you are focusing solely on running, this is probably the dreadmill or an indoor track. If you are training for triathlon or okay doing some cross training, this could be a pool, your trainer, or perhaps even a gym membership. Be flexible with your workouts and know that it's okay to move things around a bit due to the weather. I have my trainer set up in the basement for biking and I will use that as a back up on days that it is not safe to run outside. I like to turn on a documentary on Netflix while I bike to take my mind off boredom. Plus, you can learn things while you get your workout in :)
|Frozen eyelashes after a very cold run!|
4. Make it fun. This one might be easier said than done, but try to find the joy in winter training. Learn to appreciate the quietness of a snow run, the beauty of frozen eyelashes, and the fun in stomping through a snowy trail. Maybe the fun part for you is that hot cup of coffee or warm shower waiting for you when you get back- and that's okay. Remind yourself how tough you are for getting in your workout despite the adverse conditions and think about your competitors who took the day off because they weren't as tough. On Christmas morning, don't think of it as a chore to go out and run, think of it as time for you to reflect alone on the year and all you are grateful for. If you find the positives to focus on, running in sub freezing temps just might become bearable.
|Beautiful, isn't it?|
Do you take it easy or train hard through the winter?
What are some of your favorite ways to stay motivated during the winter?
Craziest weather you've ever ran in?