Happy Monday friends! How is it in your part of the world? In Saskatchewan, it’s FREEZING. My thighs started to feel the stabbing pain of the windchill this morning while I was waiting for the bus. But it is a full 10 degrees higher temperature today than it was a few days ago.
Colder than the North Pole. Sure. Why not.
This is the time of year it’s painful to live in Saskatchewan. I’m dreaming of the milder days when you could be outside for more than 10 minutes without starting to develop frostbite.
This weekend was pretty relaxed and full of Christmas stuff.
Christmas baking with my mom and sister.
The tree is up and decorated! Also - Elf. Necessary.
My sister at the Christmas Globe play.
Shameless selfie at the Christmas Globe play. But I was wearing red lipstick and had a Baileys. It was very Christmas-y! IT NEEDED TO BE DOCUMENTED.
Due to the aforementioned cold weather, Sadie had to wear her winter coat for walks. She is clearly thrilled.
And we finally got to move our coffee table into our living room!
I tried putting those Santa decorations on the table but Sadie’s weapon aka her tail kept knocking them off like bowling pins. Now I’m on the thrift store hunt for something like this to hold our coasters, candles, and other odds and ends:
Winter Running Problems
Since it’s so freaking freezing, I can’t bring myself to bundle up, warm the car up, and go to the gym when I’m all warm in my house. I just can’t. This is when I’m so SO thankful we have the TRX, a few dumbbells, some workout DVDs, and an empty room so I can still get my workout on.
Sadie sometimes thinks it's her own personal toy room.
The problem is running. My mileage always decreases drastically in the winter due to weather and I miss it SO MUCH. I’m so used to just throwing on my runners and heading out the door for a run in the spring/summer/early fall that I just fall out of synch when winter hits. I try to supplement with runches (run+lunch) at my office gym, but it’s just not enough time to get a truly blissful run in.
Another issue is that I don’t have a regular gym membership. I use a punch pass to a local city run community center and I tend to use that for heavy weight sessions I can’t do at home.
And this ends my complaining and whining portion of my blog post.
Here’s my solution – SUCK IT THE EFF UP and go to the gym for a treadmill run or bundle up immensely and head outside when there isn’t a frostbite warning and the sun is still up. I need to – especially if I want to do more triathlons this spring/summer and come as close as I can to a 2 hour half marathon aka a few of my 2014 goals.
It’s really easy for me to lose sight of my goals when we’re plunged into the dark of winter but I need to keep these in the front of my mind and get used to running in the cold.
I also need to invest in some winter running tights :)
I can turn any situation into a shopping opportunity. It’s a gift.
How do you stay motivated in winter?
My cold weather buds – suggestions for running gear that will keep me warm in -20ish temperatures? I have enough long sleeve tops, running jackets, ear bands, and gloves but am lacking in the warm running pants area.
I’ll see you guys later this week!
On deck for this week:
-Workout Thursday! I’ll be giving you guys a cool down stretching routine – and if I can figure out how to edit videos on my PC that I shoot on my iPhone, you’ll have a video. LUCKY YOU GUYS. Old friends of the blog will know how wonderfully natural and glorious I am in front of the camera from my previous YouTube videos. GET EXCITED.