Before I went away to California for the Star Wars Half Marathon, I struggled with running in the cold and snow. Every freezing day or quick snow storm had me wishing I owned a treadmill or that I hadn’t signed up for winter races at all. You see, no matter how much I bundle up, my body doesn’t like winter running. I’m slower, I feel awful, and my asthma is quickly challenged on the super chilly days. You can imagine what this does to my running confidence.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen some of my discouraged posts. The cold really kicks my butt when it comes to this running thing. Speed training doesn’t happen, long distance runs are slower, but hill work? Now that’s fine. I can actually really hammer out my hill work, as long as it’s not icy of course. In general, hill work is my favourite, so I guess it’s good that it translates the same into my winter running. Either way, I feel like my running has suffered in this cold weather. Which doesn’t help that I am actually training for races. I had begun training for the Star Wars Half basically right after my first Half Marathon in October, but it wasn’t extremely serious because I knew I would be spending more time having fun during the Disney race. But now it’s time to get serious. In just over 2 months I am running my first 30K race, which apparently has 10K of hills at the end, so I am freaking out a little bit. I quite enjoyed running the Disney run in 15C weather, but my first run back in the frozen tundra today kind of sucked. It was only around -6C, but that was enough to make me feel sluggish and caused my lungs to work extra hard. Somehow, this run felt worse than before I left for California!
I’ve said it before and I will say it again, I am a fair weather runner. Actually I don’t even mind running in the heat as much as I do in the cold. That’s probably weird, right? Here’s another “weird” thought… is it possible that our bodies are just made for certain climates? And not necessarily the one we were born/raised in? Because I am seriously starting to think that my body is meant for the California climate (sorry Canada <3). I don’t know, maybe I am just rambling here, but it’s something I am starting to seriously think about.
Anyway, that’s my winter running update. I don’t like it. Am I going to do it? Yes. I have a 30K race to run at the end of March and there is no way that I am giving up now. Will I enjoy every outdoor run on the way there? No, probably not. But, I will do my best to savour the moment while being proud of myself for getting out there and taking on this new challenge. I’m going to need some of you cheering me on along the way though, because it can get damn cold here! 🙂
How do you power through winter running? Or, do you just absolutely love it?