Hey, hey it’s Friday!
I’m here in Wisconsin, where there’s still a *little* bit of snow, trying to figure out what I’m going to do to with my nephew tomorrow to celebrate his birthday. Originally, we were supposed to go skiing but I don’t think that’s going to happen with these super warm temperatures we’re having right now! Full update on Monday (or follow along on Instagram).
So in honor of Friday, I’m linking up with Rachel from Running on Happy to talk about my winter fitness rants. I’ve still been doing most of my workouts outside (running), with some indoors for strength training, so I’m lucky in the sense that I don’t deal with overly packed gyms. That being said, there are still a few things that get on my nerves a bit.
1. So much darkness
Whether you work out in the AM or at night, you are probably out there in the dark. Because the days are so short. Sometimes I miss sunshine during my workouts. But honestly, sometimes I embrace it because I feel like I get a little bit into a zone in the darkness. It would be a lot less scary to workout with some light, though.
2. Brr, it’s cold out there
We have been SUPER lucky this winter with our weather in the fact that it hasn’t been that cold (I kinda consider that bad luck because I was ready for a ton of snow this winter!). However, even if it’s 15* and “not terrible,” it’s still freezing to spend a few hours out there running… and it takes me the longest time to warm up afterwards. Good thing for multiple blankets and thick hoodies. 🙂
3. All the ice
Yes, it’s winter so that means that it’s slippery. I have been pretty lucky (read: no snow) that it hasn’t been super icy, but there was one run where the entire roadway was COVERED in black ice. That was a fun one (good thing it was an easy day, because it was a really slow run). I am still trying out a few different ways to combat the ice, with trail running shoes and tools like Kahtoola. More information on that later!
4. Water, gross
For some reason, I am not that thirsty in the winter months. It’s funny because I was talking to my Dad about this, and he said he’s the opposite —> he loves chugging water in the winter but in the summer, he’d rather have a soda or something with flavor because he thinks it sounds more refreshing. I wish I could say the same. It’s been a struggle to even get to my minimum goal of 64 ounces a day.
5. It’s a little lonely!
I like seeing people out and about; often times; it’s really good people watching and a great distraction when it’s a tougher run. But in the winter months, sometimes I only see one or two people my entire run and it’s just sad. The extrovert in me just doesn’t like it.
OK, so I don’t like to be negative (hi eternal optimist), so I want to share some of the things that I love about winter running!
- It can be so beautiful! Even if there isn’t snow on the ground, just seeing the frozen air can be absolutely gorgeous.
- You never have to worry about overheating. 😉
- And along the same lines —> the sun feels REALLY good.
- Running through snow is a great calf workout… it’s like running through the sand.
- What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.
- With it being quieter, you get some true peace and quiet that you usually can’t find.
- It makes you feel like a badass when you finish a run, because who runs in negative temperatures, or even those below freezing!?
No matter how terrible the winter fitness rants are, I just remember —> winter miles mean spring smiles. So that keeps me motivated through it all because there’s nothing better than feeling on top of your game.
What are your winter fitness rants? Do you have a hard time working out in the winter months?
What are you planning to do this weekend? How’s the weather by you?
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