February 24, 2015
March 04, 2016
I’ve never been a huge fan of the winter. I love the sunlight and wearing tank tops and going swimming. My favorite thing in the world is waking up for an early morning run in the summer and knocking out 10mi before everyone else wakes up. I even lived in Arizona for a couple years and (believe it or not) loved the heat!
Needless to say, when I told everyone I was moving to Chicago their first question was always, “But what are you going to do in the winter??” I kept brushing it off, thinking they were overreacting. It couldn’t be THAT bad. And I was right…sort of. It’s easy to stay inside as much as possible and layer up. I even got to the point where I liked wearing my snowboots. But the winter took a toll on me in some other ways I didn’t expect.
–My running suffered, not because of the cold, but because the sidewalks were often icy, or I didn’t get home from work until after dark. Because of this, I had to join a gym and do lot of treadmill running, which every runner knows is the worst.
–I spent more money on unnecessary things, like Uber rides. When the weather was bad, it was easier to justify paying for an Uber when I could have just walked.
–My mood also suffered, most likely because I was still used to the Arizona sunshine year-round. It was hard for me to wake up motivated every morning when it was cold and gray outside.
I’m not to only one who has trouble motivating themselves during the winter, but now that spring is around the corner it’s easier to make some changes. Make sure you get some sun when it decides to make an appearance. You could even buy yourself something new, like new running shoes or a yoga mat for encouragement! Or simply meet up with friends for brunch on a (heated) patio!
Hibernating season is over. Time to celebrate!