I am not a winter person. I have a hard time getting out the house, let alone going for a run in freezing temperatures in the wee hours of the morning. And now that ADHM is also done, I have truly run out of reasons to brave the cold and the wind.
But I have already taken a week off since ADHM and now I have to get back into the groove. I could run in a cosy gym on a treadmill but I would much rather watch Prem Ratan Dhan Paayo (no not really). This is usually the time when I start cursing myself for registering for the Mumbai full. So, long runs mean 4am alarms and pushing myself through the supremely powerful cosy comforters and talking to motivating myself to go out there and give it my all.
Here are some things I try telling myself:
Run at any time of the day – In winters I run whenever I feel like it. It doesn’t have to be early morning or late evening. A lot of times I drop my son to school, finish my assignments and set out to run at 12 in the afternoon.
Gratitude – I remind myself there are so many people who want to do this and be in my place but can’t. It’s my way of being thankful for a healthy body.
Right gear – The right winter gear which keeps me sufficiently warm in order to take that first step out of the house is key. On particularly gloomy days, brighter the better. And I prefer running in shorter loops in case I need to get rid of or add layers.
Running with friends – That’s the only way I can do it during peak winters. People in the North know what I’m talking about.
To binge guilt free – I eat moderately for most part of the year but winters I want that levy to have that cup of hot chocolate with cream at Starbucks and the paranthas laden with the very salty amul butter!
By signing up for shorter runs – I couldn’t have thought of this 2 years back but now we have enough and more short runs (5k & 10k) to choose from. The idea is to stay active.
Post run chai tastes really like really good.
If you have any tips to tackle running or staying active in winters, do pour in your suggestion 🙂