The Best Things About Winter Running

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).

Winter Running Motivation

The Best Things About Winter Running

  • Seeing the beautiful snow firsthand.Winter Running Motivation
  • 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!Winter Running Motivation
  • 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.Winter Running Motivation
  • 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.Winter Running Motivation
  • 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.Winter Running Motivation
  • 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).

Happy running!

Best Things About Winter Running

Winter Running Motivation

Winter Running Motivation

Winter Running Motivation

Winter Running Motivation

4 thoughts on “The Best Things About Winter Running

  1. I find that I really enjoy the crispness of the air for cold weather running. Also, I can run hard (without overheating), thus improving my speed and endurance before the spring and summer months.

    1. I definitely agree! Running through snow is that much harder too, so by the time spring hits I always find myself running faster when the roads are clear! Nothing quite compares to the crispness of the air in the winter 🙂

  2. Girl! I think I have officially given up on cold weather running! I bought some gear and I was going to go for it this year–I’ve done it in the past with no problem. But now I’ve had a couple freezing runs and I’m over it–and the ice, forget about it! To the treadmill I go!!

    1. Haha, I know exactly what you mean! Ice is the one thing I refuse to run on. We’ve been lucky so far and gotten snow but no ice yet (knock on wood;)! Treadmill running is much more of a mental battle for me than winter running so I’m hoping to stick to the streets for as long as possible. Your mental stamina is going to be incredible by the time spring hits after a season of treadmill runs!!

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