The cold weather and early darkness put me into a bit of funk during weeks 17 and 18. It has been 10 times harder to get motivated and go outside for a run. I only got one run in each week, which is a big shift from what I had been doing.
QUESTION: What do YOU do to combat the cold-weather/winter blues? How do you motivate yourself to still get out and run?
Week 17 Recap
Tuesday — 4 miles in the bank! Got a good run in with my running buddy before work, despite the overcast and the drizzle. No numbness, no pain.
Stretching my calves, IT band and hamstrings pre-run and using the roller before my runs seems to be the key now. Since I’ve started this routine, I haven’t had any numbness.
Sunday — I had a 5K scheduled, but it snowed the night before, it was 20 degrees, parking was going to be tough, and I just couldn’t muster up the energy to run it. I stayed in bed and rested, which honestly, I really needed.
Week 18 Recap
Friday — It was way too cold, so we took our run inside. I did 2 slow miles on the treadmill, inclined to 3% and my boredom got the best of me. I then switched to 15 minutes on the bike and rounded the workout off with strength training (pushups, calf raises, squats).
Later that afternoon, I had a nice 90-minute massage which was fantastic.
Saturday — My family and friends had our Christmas dinner (clearly, pre-Christmas). It was a great time!
Run. Travel. Dream. Updates!!
- I became a BibRavePro for 2018!
- I met my fundraising goal for St. Jude’s! If you still wish to contribute, please click here.
- I added race discounts to my website. Check them out!
- I registered for the Ohio Health Capital City Half in April.
Weeks 17 & 18: 6 miles ran 😦
41 days til FIRST 10K
81 days til Half-Marathon –> I’m running for St. Jude, please support me!
QUESTION (again): What do YOU do to combat the cold-weather/winter blues? How do you motivate yourself to still get out and run?