Now that we have gotten our first real snowfall of the season, it is finally starting to feel like winter. As I look out my window, I can’t help but get excited when those big fat snowflakes fall. Just as I got excited for the transition to summer and fall running, here I am again looking forward to the new season. My favorite part about living in Michigan is getting to experience all four seasons equally. And the best way to fully experience those seasons: running! Winter running is definitely the most unique of all the seasons, almost as if it’s a whole different sport in itself.
Running helps me get fresh air every day, stay in touch with the weather, and transition throughout the year. While I love a great at home workout, I always miss the fresh air when I don’t get outside for a run. This year is supposed to be a “bad” winter according to the Weather Channel, so we’ll see what sorts of storms it brings. Until then, I am excited about the snow and eager to head outside for some winter running.
The snow has me thinking about everything I am looking forward to this winter. Here are my favorite things about winter running (to use as motivation when it starts to really get cold and snowy).
The Best Things About Winter Running
- Seeing the beautiful snow firsthand.
- The fresh feeling of the cold air when you step outside.
- Seeing all the Christmas lights and decorations lit up in the evening.
- Being outside in the cold makes coming home feel extra cozy and warm.
- The feeling of a warm shower after a freezing cold run.
- Running hard but rarely getting sweaty!
- The cold air numbing your legs so you feel less aches and pains.
- Being able to run a few miles without feeling like you’re dying of thirst.
- Feeling like you’ve conquered the elements and really accomplished something with each run.
- Burning more calories in the cold while your body tries to stay warm. Aka that post run treat just got a little bit bigger 😉
- Running through deeper snow works different muscles, so it’s like you’re cross training and running all at once.
- Finding tons of fun, seasonally themed races!
- Running on less crowded trails.
- Colder air often means that you’ll run a little faster.
- There is nothing more peaceful than running while the snow is falling.
- And of course… post-run hot chocolate 🙂
Bring on some winter running! I’m ready for some snow and cold temperatures. (Although I’m sure I’ll be a little less excited when everything starts to get icy, haha).