How I Stay Motivated to Run in the Winter

Running in the winter is challenging, especially if you live in a climate with an extreme winter like Minnesota! I don’t love the cold, but I’ve learned to live with it. Of course, you can always hop on a treadmill and get your run in, but I’ve found getting outside in less than ideal conditions makes me a stronger runner come spring. Outdoor winter runs can also be really fun and beautiful when you learn to embrace them.

Over the years, I’ve discovered a few tips and tricks to ensure I keep my motivation all winter long!

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Gentle Resolutions for 2021

2020 didn’t turn out the way any of us had planned and my guess is that you have at least one goal that had to fall by the way side. Ask me how dating this year went LOL! I think that its really important to give yourself grace and pat yourself on the back for just surviving the year. The new year might seem like the time to make aggressive goals to get yourself back on track, but those life changing resolutions often fail.

Instead, I like to make small changes that I can build upon over time. I think of it like tiny bricks– one brick doesn’t make a big difference but adding brick by brick can build anything! Instead of a crash diet you force yourself to do for 30 days before going back to the same eating habits, what if you tried changing what you eat for breakfast each day to a healthier option? This change is much more sustainable and can end up making a greater impact over the course of a year than a few weeks of extremes.

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Start with one or two of these gentle resolutions, and then try to build upon them each month. You’ll build better habits that will only grow with time!

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Secrets to Become a Faster Runner

Over the last 6 years, I went from non-runner to a 3 time marathon runner. The strangest thing about running is that there are times you see a ton of progress, but then there are times when you go for months and months and feel like you have gained nothing. This summer, has been one of those plateau periods for me, but then I ran a mile PR of 5:29!

There are some specific things that I have learned and tried to become a faster runner. It’s actually not always about running more, or even running faster all the time! I thought I would share some of my biggest secrets!

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Twin Cities Virtual One Mile Race Recap

I haven’t had very many race recaps this year because all of my races have either been moved to virtual or have been cancelled. I didn’t think that I would be a fan of virtual races because the race environment is what makes races special and fun. But, after months of running without any challenge, virtual races are better than nothing!

The Twin Cities One Mile race is always a fun one for me. I never run just a mile for speed, so I never know how it will turn out. I was really nervous about running this one virtually, because in previous years, the crowd and competition have definitely been a huge help.

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How I Made 5am Workouts My Routine

Prioritizing exercise in your busy life is never easy. I’ve found that when I wait until later in the day to work out, its all too easy to start scrolling on my phone or lying down for “just a few minutes” as an hour passes by.

With my new work from home schedule during the pandemic, I’ve made a point of getting up early every morning to work out. Some days its a long run, some days its just light yoga. It’s not always easy to drag myself out of bed, but it starts the day on the right foot and guarantees that I get my workout in each day.

I thought I would share some of my top tips for getting into the habit of early morning workouts!

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Review: Apple Watch 5 vs the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro

I have been an Apple Watch user for most of my time running. I originally purchased a watch to be able to run without my phone, and used my Apple Watch 2 for training and running for my first 3 marathons. After 4 years, the battery life on my watch was getting bad, and the software was buggy for the running app Strava. I decided it was time to upgrade to the Apple Watch 5.

After I start working with a running coach, I decided I still wasn’t happy with my new watch, and ended up getting ANOTHER watch just for running. I purchased a Garmin Fenix 6 pro, which is at the higher end of their watches, but had a lot of the features I was looking for. In retrospect, I should have just kept my old Apple Watch and gone with the Garmin.

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I’ve had quite a few people ask about the differences, so I thought I would share the pros and cons of each. Right now, I use my Garmin for running and my Apple Watch 5 for every day use. Here are my thoughts on the two:

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