Running in the cold is a brutal task most of the time. Sure there can be those magical runs with the snow lightly falling, trees covered in snow, temperature just right, and you’re floating along in a winter wonderland, however, that’s not usually the case. Instead you’re attempting to avoid slush puddles, shivering uncontrollably, possibly catching frostbite, losing feeling in all of your limbs, have frozen snot on your face, and can’t get any traction. Given that the latter is the more realistic cold weather running day, getting out the door can be rather tough.
The best trick I’ve found to get out the door for any weather or lack of motivation is to simply put one running sock on. Once you have put on one running sock, you have made your intentions clear through your actions. You’ve made a statement to yourself that the run is going to happen and it’s just a snowball effect from there. After one sock goes on, the next comes easy, then the tights, until you’re ready to head out the door and brave the cold. The momentum carries you through, after all, it would be silly to take that sock back off and retreat from your run.
Another thing I have noticed, is that I’ve never regretted a single run. I’m always glad that I got out there, even if I did freeze my butt off. I dealt with awful temperatures for 22 years but take some satisfaction in knowing I can best the elements with my favorite Patagonia Jacket and Gore-tex gloves. All it takes is the willpower, gear, and putting that first sock on. So what do you say? How about a snowy, icy, cold weather run?
Look for the next winter post in a few days on the best gear to beat the cold!
Always in Stride,