As you may have noticed, I’m a bit obsessed with talking about winter running. Please do not mistake this for an obsession with winter running. As I’ve mentioned before, this is my first winter that I’ve run and I’m just collecting a cache of tips and tricks to get me through it.
So, when I woke up and saw that it was 6, felt like -3, I had to quickly go over the pros of winter running in order to motivate myself to get out of bed.
1. No matter what or how you run, everyone will think you’re a badass. The fact that you went outside in the freezing cold/snow is a feat in and of itself.
2. What you wear doesn’t matter, as long as you’re warm enough. No one cares about your cute, over-priced running tank because it’s covered up by approximately 1 million layers. There’s no point trying to look cute, unless you’re one of those female Olympic snowboarders (seriously, how are they all SO pretty?!)
3. The winter weather has created the optimal adventure for your outdoor run. It’s like an obstacle course. You never know what you’re going to come across – a huge snow bank, black ice, the possibilities are endless and it keeps your run way more interesting than just running on a clear path or sidewalk.
4. This could be tied into #1 but I think it warrants it’s own spot on the list. Speed work doesn’t matter. Safety first, right? So running slow and steady is way more important than getting in those fartleks.
5. You don’t have to worry about being sweaty all day. This is one of my cons for summer running. I never cool down fast enough and then shower, get dressed for work, and immediately begin to sweat through everything. It’s horrible and gross and not ladylike at all. After a nice winter run, a scalding hot shower feels AMAZING.
But, of course, there are some cons.
1. Laundry. Endless laundry. When you’re wearing a base layer, a second pair of pants, a fleece, a jacket, hat, gloves, etc., and you’re running 3-5 times a week, that hamper gets full SUPER fast. And it smells.
2. It’s cold. Really freaking cold.