Baby, 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.
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.
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?