Winter running is…awesome!
I “trained” all summer long and hated it. That’s why it’s in quotes. I came up with every excuse imaginable to not train. And that’s why my marathon experience was so terrible. But I LOVE running in the winter. Of course, winter in DC means something very different than winter in Iowa (mainly I don’t really think DC has a winter…except last week we’ve had some snow!) so maybe I should call it mid-fall running.
Why I love winter running:
- Pile on layers and I’m perfectly comfortably warm. In the summer, it’s not possible to be anything but unbearably hot. And I’m a baby. I cry when I’m hot.
- A nice hot cup of coffee is the perfect end to a long run.
- Saturday routines are awesome: wake up (earlier than any other day of the week for me), meet my friends and run, on super lucky days meet
someone for breakfast and on lucky days go home for coffee, take a piping hot shower, put pajamas back on and get back in bed. And eat. A lot.
Running in the cold increases the bad ass factor by at least 3.7 degrees.
- I run faster in the winter!
- Napping all Saturday. This deserves to be mentioned several times. For whatever reason, in the winter I nap much more than in the summer. A nap after a Saturday run is completely mandatory in the winter. Not in the summer.
Some articles about winter running:
- From Triathlete: Does Winter Running Burn More Calories? Myths and Truths about Running in the Cold
- Winter Running Tips from Active.com
- Top Ten Winter Running Tips from Minutes per Mile