Training “Tuesday”: Don’t Let Winter Get in The Way of Your Goals

I’m trying something new: I’m trying to be organized about this blogging thing. What a novel idea! First step is Training Tuesdays in which I muse about various training techniques for various skill levels and various goals. Yes, I know this isn’t Tuesday, but if I waited until the right time to do it, I might forget about it and then my resolve would fail me and my goal would be be unachieved.

January isn’t really the best way to begin the new year, is it? Is there a less inviting way to start new fitness goals than with freezing temperatures and slushie sidewalks? I’m pretty sure everyone has trouble with this. Newbies and veterans alike feel a chill of dread when considering a winter run. If I weren’t addicted to running and dependent upon it for my sanity, I am pretty sure January would kick my trash.

The challenge of winter is to keep running on the radar until you get the burst of energy that comes when you no longer have to bury yourself in layers of clothing. So the thing to do is just get out there. Put on your running clothes, lace up your shoes, keep yourself warm. And then go for a walk. Just once around the block. Get some fresh air and some relief from the uncontrollably hot radiators. And once you’ve walked for a minute or so and you’re adjusted to the weather and okay with the cold and aware of the icy patches on the sidewalk, let yourself run a little bit. Once you’ve run as far as you think you can (whether that be 50 yards or 50 seconds or whatever), slow down and walk. Recover for 50 yards or 50 seconds, and then do it again. Keep at it until you’ve gone around the block a couple of times.

And that’s it. Well, you’re probably going to want to do that a couple of times a week, but you get the idea. You’ll be swimsuit ready by summer for sure. Or maybe just ready to run that family 4th of July 5K you’ve opted out of for way too many years.

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4 Comments

  1. always always always inspiring my friend- always!

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  2. Just out of curiosity, do you still run in your Vibrams when there is snow? How warm are they?

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    lizzie Reply:

    I do indeed. They are not very warm. I wear toesocks and that helps a bit, but really my toes go numb, I keep running, and then they warm up as the rest of my body warms up. By the end of the run they feel fine, but until, it’s just something I bite the bullet on and endure. 🙂

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  3. Lizzie, that picture is the most intimidating and bleak picture I think you could have used. I’m cold and feel caved in just looking it it. I think you may deserve congratulations for that. Congratulations.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Why thank you, Abby. I did my best to put a light at the end of the tunnel as well, of course. Maybe that didn’t shine through enough? 🙂

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  4. Love Training Tuesday on Thursday. I think this is my equivalent of Internet-Free naptime on Thursday…well, better make that Friday.

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    lizzie Reply:

    Yeah . . . I wonder how often that is going to happen. Don’t be surprised if Tuesday seems to wander all over the week. 🙂

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