There is something about a snowy run. Much like the sought-after bluebird, fresh snow ski days that fill any snow eater’s winter dreams, a run on a crisp, but sunny, snowy day really does make it all worthwhile. The trees are defined by that magical sparkly white that only snow can paint them in, the sun dances off of every surface and such rich colours everywhere you can’t believe that they exist in nature.
I’ll be the first to admit that staying motivated on winter days isn’t always easy. My friends and family ask me if I really run in the snow, and the truth is that I do. Even on the bigger snow days I can be found outside trudging along because I loathe the treadmill. They may not be long miles out there, but I’m lapping everyone on the couch (or in their cozy beds).
Winter is a great time to work on staying strong and working on imbalances. Many head indoors for strength training, I started practicing yoga this Fall and it is doing wonders for my running already! Part of staying strong, for me, is making sure I still have that running fitness, so being outside for a few runs during the week is important. This means being consistent with workouts and making the commitment to myself that I will be active on an almost daily basis.
How do I stay motivated, especially during the holidays when there’s so much more to get done and so many more opportunities to push it off? I schedule it in as I would a Dr appointment or a Christmas party. Every night after dinner my husband and I discuss our schedules and to-dos for the following day. For both of us this will involve a workout of some sort, and possibly some meetings with clients for him. We figure out when we can fit it all in and make it work so that there are no disappointments. Sometimes that means I’m up earlier so that I can be out the door and home by the time he and the kids are up. Sometimes this means I run during naptime for the kids or hit the yoga studio during dinner so I’m home in time to help with bedtime.
Your workout, whatever it may be through the winter, should be as important as anything else that you need to get done on any given day. I know that it’s usually quite obvious if I haven’t had my daily sweat; something about taking that time for me helps to put everything else into perspective for the day.
So, whether you’re just starting out, or a seasoned vet, open up your calendar and plan your week. Even 30 minutes of activity will make all the difference in your day, and your fitness habits once you need to start actually being super disciplined for half marathon training! It all pays off when you’re at the start line healthy, well-trained and ready to rock when the race director shouts “GO!”