The cold weather has finally arrived in Wisconsin. Last weekend I was bragging about 60-degree days, and this weekend we got slammed with our first snowstorm of the season. But even though I grumble about it, running in chilly temperatures isn’t so bad—once I’m outside. (Now running in heavy snow, that’s a discussion for another post.)
Before running on winter days, I always have the same battle with myself. First I make every excuse for why I should stay in, and then I eventually talk myself into braving the elements. In the end, I’m always happy I do. But first, join my inner dialogue as I outline the 10 very real stages of running in the cold…
I’m always antsy on days I don’t run, and I think most regular runners feel the same. Running is a way of life, plain and simple.
It’s hard enough to walk to my car when it’s cold, let alone go for a run. And let’s not discuss single-digit or (*shudder*) below-zero temperatures.
My Hello Kitty fleece blanket is here. My cat is curled up here. Why would I ever leave this lap of luxury?
I’ll be drinking hot chocolate regardless of running, but it’ll taste so much sweeter—and more well-deserved—after logging miles in frigid temps.
My bright running gear is actually pretty warm, and my legs are so happy! What was I even complaining about? This is great.
Oh right, that’s what I was complaining about. Wind-slapped cheeks and a pink frozen nose, every single time.
There’s something very satisfying about not passing a single other runner. Or passing a very few and feeling a sense of solidarity.
The cold can be a great motivator… the faster I run, the faster I’m done.
PRAISE EMOJIS FOREVER.
Now that I have conquered the cold, I will conquer this giant bowl of salty, noodly deliciousness.
YOUR TURN: Which emojis best describe your feelings about cold-weather running?