A Winter Activity

Sorry for falling off the face of the planet for a few days. I have a reason, I did something really stupid and then I got really cranky about it for a good 2 days. I’m over it now, kinda. I started my plank challenge Monday and did great with it for 2 days, on Wednesday when I did my plank in Body Pump I let my form go out of exhaustion and let a slope form in my lower back. I know better then this, I felt the pull before I could correct my form. I’ve been on the heating pad ever since trying to make the pain go away. I swear to you I am cursed. Just as I get my legs in working order I do something stupid. Anyways I haven’t worked out since and I am hoping the soreness is gone by Sunday. End of story.

 

So we have a huge Nor’easter on the way to our little island. The snow will be starting shortly and is expected to last into early Sunday with blizzard conditions so we’ll be stuck in the house for the rest of the weekend. This is storm number 3 for us this week so we have tons of snow! So with that in mind we decided tonight to head out for some weekend fun as we would be stuck in the house all weekend. We started the night off at Boston Pizza to celebrate 2 of our friends birthdays with Pizza and wings!

 

After that we met up with some other friends for night-time cross-country skiing in the local city park. It was the first time I had done it and it was so much fun. I am not much of a winter activity person, I like skating but usually only go once a year if I am lucky. That’s about the extent of my winter activities, I know I am Canadian but I prefer to curl up with a book inside rather then be cold. That being said I really enjoyed cross-country skiing tonight!

 

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It was a gorgeous, clear, and calm night. I worked up a good sweat as well once I got going. I will admit I am not the best at it, unlike most people I know I’ve never downhill skied and I am nervous of even the smallest of hills. I fell on every single hill tonight except the last one, I was starting to get the hang of it by then. These hills are so small downhill skiers would laugh at them I am sure but they were tough for me! Anyways despite my falling I really had a blast with friends enjoying a winter activity! Who would have known I’d have fun in the cold. Smile

 

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After we left the park we hit up Starbucks to warm up and then stopped by a friend’s party. Generally after working all week my Friday nights are really low-key but tonight was so much fun and such a wide variety of activities! I am glad we got out of the house to enjoy some of the weekend. I would say any minute we will see the start of the snow. Tomorrow will be spent cleaning, reading, and blogging! Smile

 

For the locals: I skied in Pippy Park which offers night-time skiing and snowshoeing Friday and Saturday from 6-10, rentals are $4/hour. I will be trying snow shoeing before the winter is over!

Do you enjoy winter activities?

Do you fall when you ski downhill?

What are your weekend plans? Any weather headed your way?

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The Newbie Perspective on How to Survive Winter Running

I live in Canada so I have to deal with all 4 seasons in all their glory! Summer is fairly easy, temps never get too high, all you have to worry about is fog. Spring and Fall are generally great running weather. The Winter is the problem – the cold, the snow, and the lack of daylight. It can be hard to find motivation in those early morning hours when it’s freezing outside and all you want to do is crawl back into a warm bed. I figured since this is my first Winter running outside, I could share some of the things that get me out on the roads in the bitter temperatures.

 

1. Lay Out Clothes The Night Before – When you are up that early I find that having to operate my brain enough to pick out clothes is near impossible. If you plan to run at lunchtime or in the evening then having them ready to go with you out the door makes it more likely you’ll make it happen! It is much easier to have all the layers laid out at a quick reach then have to search around for them. Easy = the key to motivation!

 

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2. Layer, Layer, and Layer Some More – Invest in a good set of base layers, that way you can turn some of your Spring and Fall running clothes into winter ones. I throw on my base layers under my LuLu Astro pants and a long sleeved running shirt and it’s instant warmth. I just ordered some Winter running tights (Run for it Tights from LuLu) for Winter running. I’ll review them once I have them but I am sure they will keep my legs warm. I also always wear gloves, thick socks, and either a headband or hat. Warm clothes are key to staying toasty warm and comfortable, which is important during the winter.

 

3. Training Plans & Goals – I love a good running plan and I also love a running goal. Nothing creates motivation like signing up for a Spring race. You have a reason for braving the chilly temps and darkness when you have a race to train for! My first race this year will be a Spring 5K and my goal is to PR. My main goal for this year is the half-marathon so I have to stay on track, it makes getting out in the cold a little easier.

 

4. Heat Em’ Up – Just need a little warmth to get out the door? Toss your clothes in the dryer for ten minutes before heading out the door. The heat fades quickly, however, by the time it’s gone you should be nice and warmed up from running. It’s just enough to get you comfortable and get you out there! I find after 5 minutes of being outside anyways I am usually nice and warm the heat just helps get you out there.

 

5. Be Flexible – Some days you may need to move around your run because of weather. It could be a snowstorm or temps too low to be safe for running in. If there is a lot of black ice around I usually won’t risk it either because I don’t have ice safe shoes. This time of year I am constantly checking the weather to adjust my schedule based on the potential best weather for running. For example, today I woke up to freezing temps and rain, a potential icy and dangerous situation. I checked the weekend weather and it called for sun and above zero temps all weekend. So I took today as a rest day and will run all weekend. I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before but for those who work maximizing the daylight on the weekend is so important. For the rest of the winter unless I have something going on the weekend I will be moving my rest day to a weeknight, flexibility is necessary! Sometimes you need to move things around or hit the dreadmill. Just look at it as an opportunity to switch things up!  Perhaps even try a little cross-training? Always remember that safety comes first and of course spring is just around the corner! Smile

 

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How do you stay motivated during winter?

Any winter running tips for me?

Do you have any non-slip things attached to your sneakers? Recommend them?