Running/Health

5 Ways to Survive Winter Training

October 21, 2016

So…. one of my goals is to get this blog back up and running.  Get it?  Running?  Because I’m writing about running…. Ha.  Ok, even my students wouldn’t laugh at that joke.  My apologies.

But I recently was stalking one of my childhood friend’s blogs: http://longbournfarm.com/  She is a pretty amazing person and has an incredible blog!  And she just had her second baby and is still blogging.  So even though I think I am SO busy, I’m not really.  And I want to take more time to blog. And be cool like her.

As we all may be in mourning about, winter is on its way.  If you don’t believe me, just look outside at 7:00 and you’ll notice everything is dead and dark.  It’s depressing really, if you ask me.  I think one of the greatest challenges people have with exercise and health is what to do when it is the dead of winter.  There’s lots of great food.  There’s not a lot of light.  It’s freezing outside.  There’s a lot going on.  And that tends to mean that people stop exercising, start wearing huge sweaters, and eating Twinkies like they are going to stop making them again.

When it comes to winter training, do you feel like I look like in the picture below? [If you can’t tell….I am not exactly thrilled in this picture…]  If so, continue reading.

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This is me at Ragnar a few years ago, ha ha. By the end of this Ragnar I wasn’t exactly “loving” running.

Here’s the top 5 ways that I make winter training happen:

1. Plan the time to do it…and stick to it!
I know we are all busy.  Some of you work early.  Some of you work late.  Some of you are busy mama’s and papa’s.  Plan a time that you KNOW you can work out and sacrifice to make that happen.  Even if your bestie down the road begs you to eat cinnamon bears with them, do your workout first.  Better yet, invite them to do it with you!

2.Get the right gear if you’re going outside.
[See this post] Honestly one of the biggest challenges is keeping warm, especially in the dead of winter.  Once I accepted the fact that I would be wearing 2 pairs of gloves, 2 pairs of leggings, 3-4 shirts, a hat, and my boogers still might be frozen to my face, running outside in the icy cold got a bit easier.

3.Figure out what you will do if the weather is horrible.
There are some times that the weather is just not going to cooperate.  “It’s cold or snowy” should not stop you from getting that workout in.  That same post I linked above gives a few ideas of what to do when training in the winter, but make sure you have a plan.  Whether it’s the gym, your house, or running the stairs at work, figure out a plan of what you can do when the weather out there is frightful and taking a nap seems so delightful.

4.Be accountable
This one is huge for me.  If I am really training I generally try and hire a coach.  Yes I know how to train but I need someone checking in on me and that I feel accountable to.  Even something as simple as having a workout buddy can make a huge difference.  There are lots of personal trainers and online coaches that can help as well

5.Suck it up
At the end of the day, a lot of the time in the winter it comes down to just sucking it up.  Some times I had to run 13 miles on a treadmill or do a tempo run outside in 20 degree weather.  It might not be fun but a lot of the time the hardest part is just getting out the door.  So take those excuses and throw them in the toilet and flush.  Winter training can be hard!  But you can do it!  So suck it up!  Get out there and stay [or get] healthy!

 

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