So, it's Sunday and approaching 4pm. It's a cool 20 degrees out. It's snowing. Most people were probably settling in for the night. Starting dinner, adding wood to their fire, making some hot cocoa. Not this girl! I was putting together my running ensemble for my weekly trail run at Robinette's Apple Orchard. I'll admit I love putting together my running "outfits". Matching together my hat, layers, socks. Silly I know, but if it motivates me to get out the door and run then I don't care what you think of me! (insert a laugh and a wink)
I know what some of you reading this might be thinking. Why in the world would I go run outside in the freezing cold, getting pelted with snow, slipping and sliding on the slick terrain when I could go to the gym or run on my treadmill? Well, my answer to you would be that 1. I HATE running on a treadmill!!! (notice the 3 exclamation points) and B. Don't knock it till you've tried it. I love the fresh cool air, starting off cold and letting my body work to warm me up and when I go home I enjoy the warm shower and transition into my PJs much more than if I just came up from running on the DREADmill in my basement.
Yes, running when it's cold, icy and just plain yucky out can take a lot of motivating and coaxing. Just ask my husband! He hates running in the cold. But that is why you join our group. Plenty of people to hold you accountable, bug you via Facebook or email or texts when you try to bail. Also, trust me when I say once you get moving you will warm up and if you are properly dressed (dress for 10 degrees warmer than it is outside during the winter months) then outdoor winter running whether on the road or trails can be quite enjoyable!
Read the reviews for ideas on lights and reflective wear for your safety, as it is a lot darker sooner this time of year. And some absolute must haves are a good hat, warm gloves or mittens or an awesome hybrid of the two like I have. Thank you Brooks! Scarves and face masks are good additions when needed and shoes with gore-tex to keep your feet dry and warm. Again, check out gear reviews by Dan Royer and Rob Andro to learn about what's out there to try. Ask questions! That's why we're all here.
And I will end this post with a quote I came across, "Remember, the feeling you get from a good run is far better than the feeling you get from sitting around wishing you were running." -Sarah Condor Runner/Author So don't let the weather be your excuse to not get out and run.