As you know, I am a total wimp when it comes to cold! I hate being cold and I will use it as an excuse not to do something any time I can. I will tell my son “it’s to cold to walk to the bus stop, let’s drive”. I drive around at the grocery store until I find a really close spot so I don’t have to spend to much time outside. I have even went as far as using valet parking when I take my daughter to doctor appointments at the hospital so I don’t have to walk from the garage to the building in the cold. I know--total cold wimp!
Since the Disney Princess Half Marathon is at the end of February, I have resigned myself to the fact that, yes, I will indeed have to suck it up and do some running in the cold. While some runs on the treadmill at the gym will be alright when it is raining or snowing, my marathon training will be so much more effective if I run outside. Since runners have to be in their corrals around 4 am in Disney World, spending time in the cold now will get me used to it for the big day.
To make this a bit easier (or at least harder to get out of), I have done a few things. First, I signed up for the winter running series with a local running club. They offer eight events ranging for 5k’s to ten milers from November to March. Next, I got a running buddy. She is also training for the Princess Half and we are both using the Jeff Galloway plan. We meet on Sundays at 2 PM. If I wimp out, I will be letting her down. I also bought some good cold weather gear. I got a bottom layer Under Armor shirt, a fleece and a wind coat. All of this gives me no reason not to run in the cold.
For some inspiration, I came across a really good article that I wanted to share with you. They offer great tips as to why running outside in the cold is beneficial to you.
Do you run outside when it’s cold? How do you make it more bearable? Do you have any cold weather running tips to offer?
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