My motivation this winter is that my Half Marathon training starts today...when now Iowa has dropped into the teens outside. What has been helping though, is that even though I am running on a treadmill, it's at a Planet Fitness...where I can lay on the massage bed afterwards!! Nothing like an amazing massage after a good run! Another good thing is to reward yourself with something, that way, during your freezing cold run, you know something is coming. A piece of dark chocolate, a smoothie, a long hot shower, etc.
current weight: 188.0
Fitness Minutes: (20,328) Posts: 1,964 1/17/13 10:59 A
I definitely am not as motivated in the winter to get out the door but once I'm actually outside, I enjoy it. I'm not a huge fan of running alone in the dark so I run with my dog or a friend when I can. I recently signed up for an April Marathon (my first) so that's kicking my butt out the door right now.
Pounds lost: 26.2
Fitness Minutes: (34,778) Posts: 616 1/4/13 4:22 P
I found a Sole treadmill on craigslist for a decent price. I really hate treadmill running, but it is nice to have an option in the winter. I enjoy running outside in the winter sometimes, however I usually don't because I live in the country and there are no sidewalks unless I drive somewhere to run. So usually, I get a movie off of Netflix and run on the TM.
As for motivation, we are planning another summer vacation to the beach, so I'm trying to keep my focus on losing weight so I don't mind taking my shirt off in public LOL
And PS- thanks ZENNITH for stepping up to be the team leader!
Edited by: DAVIDINOHIO at: 1/2/2013 (10:44)
current weight: 238.4
Fitness Minutes: (34,778) Posts: 616 12/31/12 4:42 A
SARBEAR126 you are so lucky to have the treadmil option! I actually quite like running in the snow, but snow is a novelty where I live and just a sprinnkling will have the whole country at a standstill! The last few weeks have been nothing but rain, although I have waterproofs I still end up with wet trainers that take a couple of days to dry out. I'm trying to find a Gore-tex pair again but by the time I find them winter will have probably passed. At least they will be of use next winter :-)
I was able to push through the cold and dark in early December, but the latest snow (actually sticking to the ground) and ice has moved me to the treadmill. It's sure not the same as outdoor running, but I'm hoping a few days above 32 degrees will make for clean sidewalks and side-roads again!
“I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘no’ for too many days in a row, I k now I need to change something.” ~ Steve Jobs
Everybody is a genius, but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid. Albert Einstein
Pounds lost: 88.8
Fitness Minutes: (4,821) Posts: 94 12/1/12 11:53 A
The winter is always the hardest for me. I have had the same pattern for years....workout all summer, then quit and ruin all the progress I made in the winter. It's a vicious cycle that I'm struggling to break.
So far this season I have lost some motivation (basically not wanting to run in the cold and dark) but I have not quit. I have to admit that I am really struggling but at least I have recognized a pattern in me and am trying to make a change.
The holidays are tough. Especially with all that wonderful food just being passed around lol.
Fitness Minutes: (34,778) Posts: 616 11/30/12 12:05 P
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