Oh the weather outside is frightful!

Well, I am up in D.C. for a couple days am missing all the fun with “Blizzard 2011” in Atlanta, but I am enjoying seeing my friends’ pictures on Facebook.

The snow is very pretty, but I do not love winter running.   I make it a general safety rule not to run in the dark by myself, so it makes it a lot trickier to plan my runs during the week, and I find myself trudging through most of my shorter weekday runs on the treadmill.  I am pretty much counting down the days until Daylight Saving time begins.  Not to mention warmer temps!  I know some of my Atlanta running friends might think I’m crazy, but I actually prefer running in the hot, humid summer than in the blustery, cold, dark winter.  Yes, even on those Saturday mornings this past summer when it was in the 80s at more than 90% humidity at 7 a.m.!

Running in the cold makes my nose run.  And sometimes it gives me a sinus headache and a nagging cough that persists for hours.   And apparently, sometimes it makes me whine.  Like now.   But, even with all of that, getting my run in (even if it has to be on the treadmill) does so much to improve my overall mood, even out my stress levels, and improve my productivity.

How do you switch up your running/exercise routine and/or stay motivated and engaged in the winter?   Please share.  And stay warm and safe!

Miles run yesterday: 3; total for the year: 14.22



  1. Lindsay
    January 12, 2011 / 6:38 pm

    I carry a hanky; I find kleenex can’t handle my flow. I also like to think of the runny nose as brain sweat. 🙂

  2. Fay
    January 14, 2011 / 3:23 pm

    Great idea Janice – All of this snow has inspired me to watch a lot of bad tv – but I do have a running date for tomorrow AND next Thursday – I need running buddies to keep me on the move. I love “Girls on the Run” as my God daughter was very involved with them a couple of years ago. Yay!

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