As you think of the 1000 reasons not to run in the cold, Muskoka Algonquin Runners thought this would be a good time to convince you of reasons to get up and run anyway:
1. Be grateful: Stop your complaining and remember that you can run. Some people would kill to go just one mile in your frozen shoes. You could also be a nordic skier, forced to prep your skis for 4 hours before exercising (mostly kidding).
2. Know that cold is easier than hot: Running in the cold can actually be less taxing on your body than running in the heat. Your body doesn’t have to work as hard to cool down and this can increase performance and energy.
3. Sleep in your clothes: If you are really desperate, sleep in your running tights and base layer. That way you don’t have to go through the extra step of getting undressed and dressed in the morning.
4. Get the right gear: Not only should you make sure you’ve got the correct cold weather gear for your climate but treat yourself to a new, fun, running item. Maybe this will make getting dressed and hitting the road a bit easier.
5. Have someone waiting on you: There is almost no better motivation than to know someone or a group is waiting for you to show up for a run. Look at these lovely MARS specimens waiting on you each week.
6. Have a warm reward: Know that after your cold run, you will treat yourself to something toasty and warm like a latte, a hot bath or a cup of tea by the fire. And this Thursday, come to the pub after a run.
7. Remember the bad-ass effect: Not everyone runs when it’s cold outside. It takes stamina and determination. Tell yourself that every car that passes you is impressed by your fortitude. You may be lying to yourself, but at least it can provide temporary motivation.
8. Know you’ll be less SAD: Research has shown that running in the cold can actually reduce symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder. Running can release feel good hormones that stave off depression, decrease anxiety and promote a general feeling of contentment.
9. Let your goal stare you in the face: If you are training for something, want to lose weight, or are simply just trying to stay in shape, write your goal down on a sticky note and put it on your alarm clock or bathroom mirror. Sometimes these little powers of suggestion can be the extra push you need.
10. Sign up: There are all kinds of short races throughout the winter time – The Orillia Snowflake Series, The Masters Indoor track events, Around The Bay 30K, Yonge Street 10K and the road trip marathon in Vermont are all great short and long term goals
See you out there running. Next runs:
Thursday Noon long run, departing HWY 60 Tim Horton’s at noon; first mile social mile
Thursday 4:30 pm River Mill Park – social run followed by Pub at 5:30 pm
Saturday 6:30 am Steady State Run – see calendar for location