My favorite workout as of late…7 miles before 7 a.m. I don’t know about you but it just feels so dang amazing to get it done before the sun comes up. I will always and forever have a love for the morning run. It helps when you have a headlamp and some good running buddies to carry you along.
Also…post run coffee is the best coffee. Yes, we are in a committed relationship.
BEFORE ANYTHING ELSE…yes, coffee, you are BAE.
So, I don’t know about you but the last few weeks down in Texas have been downright chilly! I have to say I am MORE THAN EXCITED for this little warm up we have coming. Anybody want to join me on a patio somewhere? This right here, folks, is Sunday brunch…hang outside all weekend weather.
But as you all know if you have been reading for a while (or if you’re local) us folks down here in Texas get very up and down weather in the wintertime. One day it’s 40 degrees (like this morning’s run!!) The next day you will wake up to temps in the 50s or 60s. But winter is not quite yet over for most of us…so here are some ways you can spice up those chilly EARLY morning runs.
1. Have a positive attitude. YES. It’s cold. Yes, sometimes it sucks to run in the cold. But guess what? It’s not as cold if you’re moving. Right? So put on those gloves and a beanie or whatever to keep you warm, get moving, put your big girl panties on and deal with it.
2. It helps to have some buddies to join you along the way. Find some running friends (a group or local running club in your community) that are just as crazy as you are and enjoy getting up early to knock it out. That accountability is priceless and it will make the miles go by A LOT faster.
3. Plan your route on or near a coffee shop. I’m telling you, that promise of coffee before or after a run will make you hop out of bed and more excited about rocking it out.
4. Run some HILLS! We did a couple of pretty epic hills this morning (thanks to my buddy who planned the route) so find some nice inclines in your neighborhood to spice things up. Hills, without a doubt, will always make you stronger. It’s all about consistency. If you do them more…you’ll get better at tackling them. Just like anything in life.
5. Incorporate some faster miles or intervals in your run. Start out with a warm up…then go HARD for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Recover for 30 seconds, then go HARD again. Rinse and repeat. As soon as you know it…you will be warm and won’t even be thinking about that cold weather. I always say the faster the run the quicker you will warm up!
What are some ways you like to spice up cold weather running?