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 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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What I’m Loving: January

January is all about new beginnings. Although I love the holidays, it’s really nice to get back to a routine and regular habits! If you’re feeling a little bit of post holiday blues, now is a good time to refresh your habits, your style, and your space to truly embrace a new year.

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Free January Desktop and Mobile Backgrounds

New year, new decade, new you! This new year feels especially exciting and I plan to use the energy to go after some big goals! If you are looking for a digital refresh, I’ve created some new desktop and mobile wallpapers.

To download, just click on the image and save it!

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Stylish Winter Outfits You Already Have in Your Closet

I always find dressing in the winter to be the most difficult. When it’s warm outside, you can just throw on a dress or top and skirt and head out the door. With the frigid temps, you have to be both fashionable and practical, which can be so much more challenging.

The key to changing up your winter looks is to utilize what you already have, but pair it with the right pieces to feel appropriate for the season. It’s also important to keep footwear in mind. Ensure your pants or skirt lengths work with the boots you intend to pair them with– this usually means that they are short enough to not interfere with the top of the boot.

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FREE Festive December Backgrounds

Happy December! As a holiday gift to my loyal readers, I have created some super cute desktop and phone backgrounds for y’all! This year I’ve been loving really colorful holiday decor and tried to incorporate the theme of a colorful winter wonderland. There are both mobile and desktop versions so that you can have colorful christmas all over!

Save the images below.

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