-10°C and I'm Still Running
Words of Motivation for this Week
So, it was -10°C (that's Canadian for 14°F) this past Sunday and it took me all day to motivate myself to go out for my run. I missed Friday simply because I was lazy and on Saturday there was a full blown blizzard. I did everything I could think of to put it off, I even washed some laundry. Finally, at 4:00 just before sunset (which is at 5:00pm this time of year) I forced myself to put on my gear (can you say wool socks and long underwear) and brave the cold.
Just a few minutes in I was feeling better, my blood was heating up, and the cold didn't affect me as much. The previous day's blizzard left sparkling snow resting on the tree branches. The sun was just starting to go down, giving everything a winter haze. It was a beautiful evening and if I hadn't forced myself to get out there I would have missed it. Every step was worth it.
I love running because it is challenging, but also rewarding. I set a reasonable goal for myself and achieve it every week. Running also gives me mental space, time to think about work, life, everything. I love nature, I love being outside, and running gets me there. I especially love running in the fall and winter months (I know I'm a little cuckoo) because my body temperature stays down. I recognize that I won't give it my all if I'm too hot, which is why I choose a more cooling sport for the summer (mountain biking). So, my running mission starts in the fall, just before it's time to retire the bike, and I run straight through until spring.
I choose running because I love it! To have long term success in fitness you must choose an activity you enjoy. Don't force yourself to workout, instead love playing weekly racquetball with a friend. If you pick an activity you enjoy, you will be able to motivate yourself to do it. Even when it's -10°C, blizzarding, and miserable.
Back to Sunday, it turns out I had the best run ever. I ran 5.17 Km's at an average speed of 8:13 min/km. My average speed is usually 8:26 min/km. If I didn't motivate myself to go out there, I wouldn't have accomplished my record time. Whether it was motivation or if I just wanted get my arse inside because I was freezing, I'll let you decide.
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Krystal Bernier, Holistic Nutritionist