HA!!!!!!! I am chuckling at the above title as I write this.. Seriously, I abhor winter running. I will take a hot and humid day over a snowy/windy/cold one any day of the week. But, winter is long. It has already snowed here, and today is December 1st. I can only imagine how long and cold this winter is going to be.
So, since winter feels never-ending, I decided a long time ago that I really need to
try to stay positive about running through the wintertime instead of getting mad and cursing it’s existence. I always end up doing a spring marathon (Boston) so that means there are endless miles of winter running in my life. So I’m kinda-sorta used to it. Even though I complain a lot a little.
1. Winter running coats have lots of pockets!! Pockets..I love them. My new running jacket (it’s from last years Brooks collection) has sooo many pockets. Each time I’ve worn it, I find a new pocket…it’s heaven.
2. Less chafing. Sports bras, shorts, underwear, running skirts, socks, camel baks….these are the items that have chafed me oh so many times this past summer. Thank goodness for a little break from the dreaded chafe!!!!!
3. Wearing your compression Christmas socks out running is (somewhat) cool. Well, at least it’s cooler to do it in December than it is in June, am I right???
4. In the months of November-February, when the runner encounters an extremely rare 40+ degree day, it makes the runner very very excited. You get to run outside and not feel like your toes are going to fall off!!! You can wear one layer!!! I will never, ever forget the Valentines Day when it was actually 65 degrees outside! Funnily enough, when you face a day that’s less than 60 in the months of June-Sept…you are not very excited. Not one bit. (“Why is it so cold” is what I usually think!!)
5. You’re not as thirsty during winter months. well, at least I’m not. I have to remind myself to sip my camelbak every other mile because otherwise, I might forget. I just don’t seem to take in as much water as when it’s hot and humid!
And last, but not least…
6. Eventually, I know I’ll be back to runs when I get to be comfy like this..
How do you stay positive about running in the winter?