5 Ways to Get Out and Run in the Freakin’ Cold


Beth has written 85 posts on Salty Running.

I recently moved to Boulder, Colorado--the mecca of healthy lifestyle and endurance training. I love to run, tri, train, eat good chocolate, drink good rum, and laugh (a lot). I am a CPA by trade and work for Newton Running, headquartered in downtown Boulder!

Friday 5Baby, it’s cold outside! Brrr! Unless you’re one of the lucky ones hanging out below the jet stream this week, I bet you’re experiencing some pretty frosty temperatures. Heck, there is even talk of the St. Jude Memphis Marathon canceling because of unusually cold temperatures and a potential winter storm – fingers crossed for anyone planning to race in Memphis on Saturday!

When it’s this cold and gross outside, it can be tough to get motivated to head outside. We figured today would be a good day to give you 5 simple things you can do to stay motivated to hit the roads or trails this weekend and all winter long.

1).  Make plans with a friend.  If you make plans with your best running bud, chances are, you won’t forgo your run because of the cold.  You wouldn’t want to make your friend mad, and you’ll be more motivated to get outside since you know you will have company in the cold.

2).  Join a running group.  Many running groups recruit new members for their upcoming training sessions, and these sessions usually start in December or January.  Running with a group is a great way to make the miles go by faster, especially when it’s cold.  Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people.

Group Run

Group runs make running in the cold much easier!

3).  Participate in a fun run.  There are lots of “themed” races during the holiday season, and these races are great to get out and get in some miles.  There are Santa races, snowman races, and yes, there is even an ugly Christmas sweater 5K in downtown Denver!  Chances are, you won’t run your 5K PR in one of these races, but you will likely have fun and maybe come away with some great SWAG.

Hot Applejack Toddy

Having a hot toddy waiting for you upon completion of your run helps, especially when served by a hottie! (Photo credit: Kenn Wilson)

4).  Buy some new running gear.  What’s better than new clothes?  New running gear is always a great motivator to get out.  New colors, new ways to coordinate.  New clothes always makes a Salty gal feel great!

5).  Enjoy the scenery.  It can be tough to run in the snow, but it can also make for some beautiful scenery.  When you go out for that run on your favorite path, motivate yourself by thinking of how picturesque it may look, especially if you’re near mountains.

What keeps you motivated when it’s freakin’ freezing out there?

8 Responses to “5 Ways to Get Out and Run in the Freakin’ Cold”

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  1. Janet says:

    As long as it’s not really horrible out I kind of like having the trails to myself! Of course having a buddy along is better especially to motivate me to get out of my warm bed on those cold winter mornings. However, my main motivation is a hot chocolate and a nice warm shower after a long run!

  2. Kristi says:

    My motivation is simple – if I don’t keep running through the winter it just means I have to start all over again in the spring! I hate those starting over runs where you can barely run a couple of km without feeling like you are dying.
    When I run in winter and feel the urge to complain I also just remind myself of one of winter’s perks: NO BUGS :)

  3. Vanilla says:

    That’s a great motivator to keep going!

  4. shaun says:

    Your mind needs to be in the correct place too. Put some running music on and you’ll feel like a hero

  5. Sassy says:

    My secret to running in the cold lately is I’ve found out where the local high school sports teams run their miles (a local park) – and nothing beats running the loop 1/2 mile loop faster than the entire boys lacrosse team when you’re 9 months prego and 30! Talk about getting chicked!! :)

    Plus I find that once I’m warmed up, I can run so much faster in the cold with less effort. Tempo run victories abound!!

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