You got that right! After posting that I might go for a run yesterday, I couldn’t get the thought out of my mind and finally suited up to brave the cold. -22 C plus windchill (which I heard was -31!)…Can you believe it? I know – neither can I! 😉 But something in me viewed this not as a workout but as a challenge and an experience, which made getting out the door exciting and not daunting. And you know what? Even after the first few steps I felt accomplished because I had done it – I layered up, hit the road, and got out the door after not running (although still working out and hiking/skiing) after 3 weeks. Right there, at that moment, I already felt accomplished. I kept thinking to myself, “Think how great you’ll feel after a couple miles! Just go for at least 10 minutes out. Then you can make it 20 minutes total and get some tea and a hot shower.” Well, 27 minutes and 3.1 miles later, I turned around and headed back for home. 6.2 miles and exactly 54.04 minutes later, I had a great run in! And I actually got hot while I was running! Here’s how I did it (starting with Layer 1 above):
Take good layers + a willing attitude + a drive to stay fit + a little adventure and you’ve got yourself a successful time of outdoor winter exercising! Truth be told, certain parts of my body got cold even though my core temperature seemed warm and stable, but overall I was actually comfortable. The hardest part wasn’t navigating across the ice patches or staying on the packed snow, but rather turning around and facing into the wind the whole way home! Yikes. But you know what this means – no excuses now! Since I now know I can brave the frigid Calgary temps, I can make sure to get a run or three in every week, because while high intensity workouts keep you fit and strong, running is an emotional and mental release for me, and I love getting good runs in because of how they make me feel like this rest of the day:
Maybe this is a Simply Switch I’m going to have to make…running in the cold instead of just indoor workouts in the winter! Speaking of “simply switches,” remember to enter my giveaway by leaving a comment on this post to win a gift basket from Simply Bar! Here’s to more winter running and new adventures!
Is there a type of exercise you can view as a challenge and adventure this week/weekend? Get out there, enjoy life, and move! Live well and be well,