The first year I became a runner, I retreated indoors and hibernated when the weather turned cold. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would want to be outside for more than 5 minutes, in freezing temps. I mean, I seriously dreaded standing outside to pump gas so why would I want to run in it? As much as I had grown to enjoy my runs, it wasn’t until I laced my running shoes that next spring that something clicked. I had set longer distance goals for myself and continued to push through the passing seasons. Before I knew it, I was kicking ass in my winter runs. My easy pace was faster, my lungs adjusted to the cold, and I was setting new PR’s. I learned the importance of having the right gear, and experienced the magic and badassery that is winter running. I have now run through 5 winters and have come to look forward to the cold air in my lungs and the frosty scenery around me. This winter will be no exception! The past two years I even added winter trail running to my routine…which at times can feel like a whole new sport. Making my own footprints through a snowy, wooded trail has the most serene and cleansing effect on me.
Technically it is still fall of course, but today’s run sure didn’t feel like it. Upper 20’s to start, partly cloudy, but amazing all the same. I did 4 with the dog and then 9 without him. Another plus to winter running is that my dog can run farther!
I challenge you all, if you aren’t yet a winter runner, to give it a try. Achieve a new level of badassery this year and get out there. You don’t know what you’re missing until you try!
How I fueled for 13 this morning:
I made these homemade honey butter dinner rolls for a Christmas party last night and had a few leftovers. I drizzled more honey and added pecans for today’s breakfast. One thing that I have learned is that works for me is white flour carbs on long run mornings. I always seem to feel the best after eating something like this or a bagel. Today I basically ran until the carbs ran out. Haha!
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Readers…let me know if you would like to see a post on winter running tips or my favorite tried and true winter gear!