Winter running season is in full force, and I am finding my excitement for snow being compromised with freezing temperatures and wind chills. Each time I eagerly step outside to run in the winter wonderland, I am greeted by icy wind chills and slippery sidewalks.
This past weekend, my “long run” of 5 miles was especially challenging. While the temperatures were in the 20s (a heat wave this week!) the wind was brutal. The roads had been plowed, but running on the shoulder consisted of leftover slush and snow piles from the plow. The sidewalks hadn’t be shoveled, which left me with limited options for traction (thank goodness for my Yaktrax!). As I trudged along into the wind, I questioned my own sanity and wondered why I didn’t pick a hobby that takes place indoors.
Related: Game Changing Winter Running Gear
No doubt I’m not alone with these thoughts this time of year, and I wanted to share some from this past run, and throughout the winter running season so far. Here are some of my favorite thoughts runners have during a cold, slippery run:)
Thoughts Runners Have During a Winter Run
- Why am I doing this?
- Maybe running these 10 miles on the treadmill wouldn’t be that bad…
- I can’t feel my toes.
- My hands are numb.
- I wish I’d worn a face mask.
- The people in that car probably think I’m crazy.
- Another runner! I am not alone! I can do this.
- Maybe if I slip I’ll twist my ankle and not be able to run for the next few weeks.
- I’m going to take up an indoor sport.
- My husband/friend/parent is so lucky that they’re inside right now.
- Maybe my ski goggles would help?
- That hot shower is going to feel so good!
- I’m definitely not going outside again for the rest of the day.
- That snow sure hurts when it whips me in the face.
- Stupid snow plows that don’t plow the shoulder.
- Why can’t everybody shovel their sidewalks?!
- Okay, now I’m sweating.
- I’m definitely more hardcore than anyone I know.
Despite all these thoughts, once I get home I always feel a million times better than when I started. Running through the winter makes me feel a little less guilty about my slow pace, and a lot more intense. Battling the elements sure can bring it’s challenges, but it’s definitely worth it.
Hopefully the winter tundra has been treating you well out there, friends!
Further winter running reading:
- The Best Things About Winter Running
- How to Stay Active Throughout the Winter
- Game Changing Winter running Gear