Staying Motivated in Freezing Weather

We’re in the middle of a freezing cold streak here in Jersey. That, on top of having absolutely nothing to train for, has left me pretty uninspired when it comes to running. Waking up at 6:30 and seeing that it’s 20 degrees out is pretty unappealing. This weekend, I’ll be out in PA, where it will be even COLDER. I was hoping I’d be able to get a trail run in, but I don’t think it’ll happen if the temperature doesn’t break 20.

I was getting back into a decent rhythm last week, but this chill really has me bummed.¬†Winter definitely doesn’t want to leave going unnoticed¬†this year. It’s been pretty mild this year, other than that whole record breaking blizzard thing, and I’ve been getting out there more than I usually do over the Winter. I’m kind of a wuss, so getting me out in the cold is tough. And even when I do get out there, I can usually only stand 3-4 miles.

Winter is definitely the toughest time of the year for me when it comes to running. It’s dark earlier, gets light out later, I’m less motivated, and it’s COLD. I also have less energy than normal, probably because I’m not out in the sun and all I want to do it crawl into a ball under a blanket.

But I try to remember what it feels like once I get outside and start. The chill is really refreshing, and I always feel more accomplished after a cold morning run than after any other type of run. It’s really a beautiful time of year for running. The air feels fresh and clean, and there are way less people out and about.

When I wake up at 6:30 and it’s warm under the covers and I’m comfy in bed, I remember how I feel after a brisk morning run and that’s motivation enough to get myself out of bed–well–about 1/3 of the time, anyway!