It is 32 degrees out this morning and later this week we are looking at highs in the low thirties. BRR.
I often get people asking me if I run outside when it is cold. I do. I don't have a treadmill or a gym membership. Here are my top 5 excuses I give people about why I do run outside.
1. Running in 30 degrees is so much easier than running when it is 90 degrees. If I feel really cold before I even start I over layer and either do a half mile out and back to shed the extra layer or just shed it as I go. I find it usually takes me about three quarters of a mile to get warmed up to the point where I want to shed the layer.
2. Getting outside is always a mood booster for me. The more I get outside and moving the less affected by SAD (seasonal affective disorder) I am. One study published in the journal Environmental Science and Technology
found that people who exercised outdoors reported increased energy, decreased
feelings of depression, and were more likely to repeat their workouts.
3. Helps stave off winter weight gain. This whole time of year can be tough. All of the Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years parties, goodies, meals, etc. It's everywhere you go and so hard to resist! Everyone is giving you yummy homebaked goodies, they are bringing them in to work and comfort foods just feel good when it is cold out.
4. It helps build mental toughness. I know I can go out and run in 10 degree weather and have a great time doing it. I don't shy away from it, that toughness can help pull me through on the last part of a tough run. The same way I tell myself I am not a wuss so get out and run is the same way I tell myself I can finish a race strong even when I want to slow down.
5. People think you are pretty bad ass when you run outside and it is below zero. Although usually zero is my cutoff point unless it is sunny and not windy. I did run outside last winter with windchills of minus forty. Running with the wind was fine and I was dressed great. It was when I turned around and ran into the wind that I had issues with my eyelashes freezing together. I ended up doing most of the run backwards.
What are your best cold weather running excuses?