- You will experience frozen eyelashes.
- You will spend a lot of money on really warm running clothes (May I suggest Craft gear- expensive but worth it!)
- You will wear more layers than you thought possible.
- You will experience “frosty thong.” This is when your butt is sweaty on a cold winter run, so the sweaty areas freeze, resulting in what my friends have come to know as the “frosty thong.”
- You will wear a face mask.
- The fluids in your fuel belt will turn to ice on a run.
- You’ll call 30 degrees “downright balmy!”
- You’ll slip. Hopefully you will not break anything. (May I recommend YakTrax Run!)
- You’ll post pictures on social media of just how cold it is and how #hardcore you are for running outside.
- You will make friends with a treadmill. It will happen.
- You’ll experience Raynaud’s.This is normally not a big deal if this happens to you. It happens to me ALL the time. It definitely looks freaky!
But let me tell you about the really AWESOME things that will happen if you decide to run through the winter!
You’ll be tougher.
The winter never feels as horrible when you’re still running outside. With the right gear, you can safely run through winters as tough as those in Minnesota! Knowing that you are hardy enough to be outside for extended periods of time will make the whole winter more bearable.
You’ll come to appreciate the beauty of winter.
Check out some of THESE pictures and tell me you’re not inspired to go for a winter run! It really can be beautiful out there…much more beautiful than the inside of your gym on a treadmill.
You’ll stay in AWESOME shape.
Running in the winter is tough. Running on uneven terrain from the snow is challenging on the legs, but the minute you’re running on dry pavement in the spring, you will discover how strong you have become! There won’t be a long base buliding period after the winter because you’re already going to be in shape. You’re going to be in shape THE WHOLE TIME!!!
Running in the winter is totally doable, totally worth it, and can actually be a lot of fun.
REMEMBER: YOU HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THE COLD TO APPRECIATE THE WARMTH.
Minnesota’s motto, right there folks.
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