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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My Favorite Free Ways to Stay Active Without a Gym

Like many states, Minnesota has recently gone on a stricter lock down, closing all gyms for at least a month. Before the pandemic, I was a regular at a boutique fitness studio that combined running and strength for fun HIIT workouts. Unfortunately, there really wasn’t a safe way to conduct those type of workouts now and the gym recently closed for good.

Because I have high risk family members, I have been mostly staying home this entire year. As someone who loves fitness, I’ve tried to be creative with how to challenge myself. More recently, with a knee injury, I’ve had to get even more creative with my workouts! I wanted to share my favorite go-to’s in order to keep staying active during this really challenging time.

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How to Stay Active When Injured from Running

I spent most of this summer training for a virtual marathon and had an unexpectedly good race. I took a full week off after the race to let my body rest, and eased back into running the next week. A few runs in, I started having a sharp pain in my knee. It was so bad, I had to stop running right away and walk back to my car. Over the years, I’ve had things like this pop up now and then, but they always heal within a day or two. This time, it didn’t.

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My Must-Haves for Winter Running

Running through the Minnesota winter is a challenge. Between short days, cold weather, and snowy sidewalks, it sometimes feels like an uphill battle! I do end up using my treadmill throughout the winter when its really cold, or too dark when I need to run, and there is no shame in it! A run is better than no run, and sometimes I feel like I can get a better workout indoors.

For the days I do run outside, having the right gear makes a huge difference for making it a more enjoyable experience. After years of trial and error, I have some favorite items that are worth the splurge.

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Twin Cities Marathon 2020 Race Recap

As you know, I have been training for the virtual Twin Cities Marathon this year. I signed up for the marathon when it was still an in-person race back in March. I had a great race last year, and was so excited to see what I could do this year.

And then all of the cancellations started happening. There was no refund option for the race and it was just switched to virtual, meaning you just had to run it by yourself and submit the results. Marathon day is the highlight of the fall for me, and the race is so exciting with all of the other runners and people cheering, so this was really disappointing.

I decided to still run the race, because I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to train and improve. I also knew that running a virtual race would be such a challenge that would make me stronger when real races come back.

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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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