Hey everyone! Since the Arctic Vortex is leaving most of us today, I thought I’d like to have a quick chat about winter. I feel like winter gets such a bad rap, but there are seriously so many awesome thing about winter!
- Pretty snow
- Snow days (or at least for me, shortened work days that I get to do from home)
- Cooler temps for your runs, which means way less sweating and overheating than in the summer. Plus you have an excuse to buy new running clothes to keep yourself warm!
- No humidity!
- The best holidays of the year happen in the winter
- The excuse to wear really cute boots, hats, and scarves
- I don’t have to squeeze into shorts or worry about how I look in a bathing suit!
- Lots of hot chocolate and cookies. Not exactly healthy, but still a winter perk!
- Hockey season (let’s go Flyers!!!)
- The opportunity to try lots of fun winter-specific sports like skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, etc.
My favorite season is fall because I love the low temps and pretty leaves, but winter comes in at a close second! I’ll take a sunny 30 degree day over a 90 degree humid day. I’m thinking about how hot my wedding was as I type this 🙂
So when I saw that Just Me and My Running Shoes was playing a game of Winter Running Tag, I had to play along! I’ll take any excuse to discuss winter and running in the same blog post. I’m answering the questions she posted on her blog, and I’m tagging all of you to play along!
What is your favorite thing about Winter?
Both me and Karen from JM&MRS had the same answer for this one…CHRISTMAS! I know I have a ton of things on my list at the top of this post, but Christmas is my favorite. I’m going through some Christmas withdrawal right now for sure.
What is your least favorite thing about Winter?
Wind chill. I think without a wind chill factor I would be able to spend a lot more time outside hiking and running in the winter. For example, yesterday I walked to downtown Media from my office in 14 degree weather…but the wind chill was 0 so it wasn’t as much fun as it should have been.
What is your favorite piece of Winter running gear?
This is a tie between the Brooks Infiniti Headband that I gave away on my blog for the December blog hop (yes, I bought myself one too!) and my gloves. I think I could handle running in a tank top and capris as long as my hands and ears were warm! But I’d rather not try that out.
What is your favorite way to fuel for long runs in the Winter time?
I’m bad at this, but I usually eat a Clif Bar – and my favorite winter flavor so far is Pumpkin Pie!
Favorite Winter drink?
Hot chocolate! Ghirardelli makes the yummiest mix ever! I probably drink this about 3 times a week in the winter!
Where do you prefer to run in the Winter? Indoors? Outdoors? Track? Treadmill?
Outdoors, but it took me a while to get to that point. I can’t run in my neighborhood at night, so winter outdoor runs are usually a special thing that I do on weekends or on days when I get home by 4:00!
What is the current temperature where you are right now?
It’s amazingly 25 degrees here in Philly with no wind chill! Pretty warm 🙂
What are the first three things that remind you of Winter?
Snow, bare trees, and cute winter boots
What has been your favorite Winter run so far this year?
I had an amazing 7 miler in Forbidden Drive a few weeks ago – it was a distance PR for me, I got to use my YakTrax for the first time, and the snow was so beautiful!
What race/races are you currently training for this Winter season?
Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 23rd! And I’m still trying to figure out the little 5ks that I want to do in January, February, and March. I’m also doing the Love Run Half Marathon on March 30th but I don’t know if that counts as winter anymore!
So now you’re it! Copy these questions and answer them in a blog post! Or answer any of the questions in a comment below. And jump on over to Just Me and My Running Shoes to check out her answers too!
What do you love about winter? Who else loves running in winter more than summer? And more importantly, who is glad the Arctic Vortex is over?