The Return of Winter Running

We’ve had one significant snow so far (unusual for Michigan in the Winter), and it hasn’t exactly been warm since then – a far cry from the 60 degree temps we had earlier in November.

So, how does one re-acclimate to the freezy  temperatures? This is something I struggle with every year. And I think I’m not alone.

Here are 5 simple steps to get you going:

Step 1: Dread getting out of bed. Shut off the Alarm. Relish the Warmth.

Okay, so this is my step 1 anyway. It’s cold out there dang it. Why should I get out of my warm, comfy bed? My husband is still snoring away. The Dog is curled up on his bed. I’m comfortable. The alarm gets shut off.

Step 2: Drag yourself out of bed, look out the window, realize it’s still dark. Get up and get dressed anyway.

Yep. It’s dark. It’s dark until about 7:45 or 8 a.m. here now. You’re going to have to run in the dark if you want to get it done at a reasonable hour. And you do, don’t you? No? Well, do it anyway.

you’re going to over dress at first. Wear layers. That way you’ll be able to take them off when you realize that the long sleeve base layer, 1/4 zip, jacket, hat, gloves, pair of tights with pants layered over top is way too warm. Everyone over dresses at first. Myself included. Despite the fact it’s cold, you definitely warm up quickly.

Step 3: Walk out the door, be greeted by the cold, get pelted by snowflakes, glare at the sky.

Start your GPS (if you use one). Accept the fact that you’re going to get a dermabrasion if the snowflakes are not fluffy. You may glare at the sky if it suits you.

Step 4: Realize that it’s all going to be okay, accept that it’s actually really pretty.

Okay, so the snow is sticking to the trees creating a beautiful winter wonderland. Everything is starting to have its very own white, glittery glaze. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. At the very least, the snow is covering the drab, brown grass and plants. Enjoy it. Take in the beauty, let the cold air fill your lungs, feel invigorated. It’s really not so bad.

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Step 5: Return home, warm up, drink coffee, feel like a badass.

Finish your run, snap a selfie, whatever it is you do. Congratulate yourself, celebrate with a warm beverage (coffee is my weapon of choice to combat the winter chill). You are a badass, and you will survive winter running. Sure it may take some getting used to, but you can do it.

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