Today I got up and it was 5 degrees. Now I know this is not the coldest temperature out there (mad respect to everyone running in anything below zero especially) but I am a kiwi and anything below 10 degrees makes me want to shrivel up and die. Not conclusive to running.Nonetheless, my body and soul was needing a run (read: I was grumpy this morning) so I powered up, threw on a thousand layers and got ma booty out there. And guess what? I had a flipping awesome badass beast of a run. It felt like I was a fairy and butterflies were towing me along in a chariot filled with flowers and glitter.AND: get ready for this- I saw my first squirrel ever!!!!!!!!! It was sooooo cute! We don’t have them down under, we only have adorable kiwi birds which squirrels would probably eat, but I kindof wish we did now.
I took it really slow for the first mile and then did a little progression run. I always feel a lot better when I start out super slow and today was testament to that once again. Also my favourite songs kept coming on my iPod leading to Eminem calling my name like he always does and me cranking out the last few miles to him on repeat. I am the biggest Eminem fan in the world FYI.So: here are some of my tips for getting out there even when it is cold, and powering though to have an amazing run that feels joyful for your body and your heart and your mind.
-Start with star jumps inside. You may look silly and you may hit the ceiling if you are a tall beastie girl like me but trust me, when you’re warm during your run, you will be the one laughing.
-Wear whatever it takes. Yes I look ridiculous wearing my pyjama pants and huge socks over the top of them and three hoodies and my snowcoat. BUT firstly I really have no shame so it doesn’t matter, secondly this just reaffirms to me how badass I am for getting out there and running anyway. It’s not like I’m a kiwi and have only ever run in at the very least 10 degrees before coming to Canada or anything 😉
-Wearing pyjama pants works for me because luckily I don’t chafe and also I am really cheap, but if you don’t spend all your money on going overseas then I would totally recommend investing in the right gear. Technology is amazing and when applied to running gear it just blows my mind what they come up with.
-These magic toe warmer beasties, whoever invented them should be knighted.
-Don’t over think it. Get dressed, pound out some starjumps, then get out there and in Nike’s eternal words, just do it!! I also find the whole “I can just go for 10 mins” trick works really well for me, I always want to go for longer than that once I get going.
During the run:
-Use it as an opportunity to go faster without feeling like you’re going to drown in your own sweat. In NZ and Australia I spend my runs mopping sweat from my brow and trying not to whip it into the face of anyone behind me, that is how much of it there is. Running in the cold is actually more comfortable than this in some ways because I am not distracted by the river of sweat running down my body. Sorry for the visual guys. Going faster also keeps me warmer so it’s a win win- speed training + warm Jessie = good times.-Distract thyself. Thinking about happy things, the beautiful scenery (running in Vancouver and seeing those beastie mountains rocks my socks off), my to do list, rapping in my head to Eminem (no one wants to hear that, it’s not pretty), and reminding myself of all the things in my life I am grateful for always makes the run more fun for me.
-For every degree lower the temperature is than what is ideal, it is necessary to tell oneself three additional times how awesome + badass you are.
-Finally, come home and reward yourself for all your efforts.
Beautiful stretching (not beautiful looking obviously but beautiful feeling):
An incredible hot shower, no photo sorry people 😉
What helps you run in the cold?
Favourite post run snack?