The deep freeze has returned to the District.
After what appeared to be an early taste of spring earlier this week, temps have plummeted back into the 30s just in time for many people’s “long run” of the week.
So how does one get motivated to leave the warmth and comfort of their bed and head out into a tundra?
1. Remember, the cold feeling dissipates after about a mile. Once you’re out there, the worst is over. Your body will warm up and that tingling sensation in your arms and legs will go away.
2. Your lungs will thank you. One of my biggest motivators to run in the cold is thinking about how much stronger my lungs are getting while I am out there. A little burn is good for you. Once temperatures warm up and race season begins, you will be thanking yourself for pushing through the cold.
3. Don’t forget to hydrate. Just because you are not dripping sweat does not mean that you aren’t losing water. Keep a handheld water bottle with you on your runs, and maybe some gloves too.
4. Spend the entire workout running toward something: a goal of sorts. On these kinds of mornings it is usually a long, hot shower and a warm, comforting brunch. To each his own!
5. Come up with a motivational mantra and stick to it!
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”
Question: How do you motivate yourself to run in the cold?