How is it already the last Friday in January? On the one hand, I feel like so much has happened since the holidays. On the other hand, where did the time go?!
Let’s take a minute to get some running confessions out there, shall we? Winter is always an interesting time of year for running, so let’s get right to it!
1. Running when sick
During the last week in December I was sick, and ran through it. I ended up regretting my decision and even wrote a post about running when sick. Now I seem to be fighting something once again, and struggling with whether or not I should run. You would think I would have learned my lesson, right? Apparently not.
2. Not following a schedule
Between the holidays, weather, traveling, and I don’t even know what else, I feel like my workout schedule has been all thrown off. There are weeks that I end up running 5 days in a row. I know I do better when I spread out my workouts so I need to try to get back to my normal routine.
3. Enjoying the treadmill
Dare I say I have actually liked running on the treadmill? You are probably not surprised since I have been running on it all the time. But there was a time a few years ago when I would have done anything to avoid running on a treadmill. I’m not sure what changed but I think it has to do with living out in the suburbs where the running conditions can be pretty bad for a while after it snows. It’s also much different being able to run on a treadmill at home versus going to a gym.
4. Not used to the hills
When I do run outside, I realize how out of shape I am on hills. I think it’s because I’ve been keeping the incline low on the treadmill and my shorter outdoor runs have been in mostly flat areas. I know I need to work on my hill strength again!
5. Not knowing how to dress
With the weather being all over the place, plus more frequent treadmill runs, I have no idea how to dress when I run outside. If it’s really cold I know to just wear as many layer as possible. But anything between 30 and 50? I’m lost these days. Plus, it usually warms up significantly if I’m doing a long run so I always end up a little too warm by the end.
I guess the good news is that we are almost through January, which means we are one month closer to spring! I just hope February goes by as quickly as January did, since that is usually a tough month to get through!
Have you been running outside this winter?
Do you run hills regularly?
Do you follow a workout schedule when you’re not training for anything?