Cold weather running challenge: before and after pictures

Cold weather running challenge: before and after pictures
Who wants to go for a jog?

I'm an on and off jogger. I usually like to sign up for some sort of race so I can follow a training schedule, otherwise I start to slack off and lose all motivation. This means, when I am jogging, it's usually in the spring and summer.

Running in the winter has never been my thing. I want it to be my thing. Have you ever seen some maniac jogging when it's freezing cold or snowing? I want to be that maniac.

I've never been a fast runner, but I love the way I feel when I'm consistent with jogging. I've never regretted a run, yet when cold weather rolls around, I lose all motivation to get out there and hit the pavement.

We have a treadmill that I don't mind walking on, but running? I can't wrap my brain around running on that thing for more than a mile. I'm signed up for a 5K turkey trot this year, but nothing that involves one of those training schedules I like to follow to keep motivated.

Yesterday, another ChicagoNow blogger, Erin Vandenberg of the blog Eri-thon, posted an article from Runner's World about The 2013 Runner's World Holiday Running Streak. The goal is to run at least one mile per day from Thanksgiving until New Year's Day.

I was all over this. Hello motivation! Since I ran the previous two days, I decided to start the challenge a little early.

This morning I woke up to a temperature of 23 degrees and a windchill factor of 10 degrees. Gulp. There was no going back now.

Like I said before, I rarely jog in cold weather and I have never jogged in anything less than 35 degrees. This was going to be a new one for me.

My running attire usually consists of shorts in the summer and loose fitting yoga-ish type pants when it's cool. As part of my master plan to keep running all winter, I bought my first pair of running tights. I always see the "real runners" wearing those things so I figured I would up my game.

I know the good running tights are supposed to be warm and who cares if I'm wearing tight pants? With my awesome Chicago Bears knit cap almost covering my eyes, nobody will recognize me, right?

I put those bad boys on today and they were a little short. Mental note, buy longer socks. Really, being 5'9" you would think I'm somehow the tallest woman on the planet when it comes to buying pants.

Moving on, I tossed on a running shirt and jacket, my Bears hat and a pair of gloves. I opened the door to head outside and the wind pulled it right out of my hands with one big gust. I breathed in the freezing air. What was I getting myself into?

I started off on my normal route and actually felt good. My lungs got used to the cold air right away and the sunshine made me feel a little warmer. Besides for three deer running out in front of me and scaring the bejeezus out of me, my run was great and I didn't even feel cold.

I'm now officially over my fear of running in the cold and I'm excited to do this running challenge. Plus, I can always tell myself that after I run, I'll be rewarded with ridiculously warm and comfy slippers. How can you go wrong with that?

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