I had such a groove going. Run every other day. Sometimes it was 2 miles. Sometimes it was 3. But every other day, without fail, I was out running.
And then came the excuses. It’s dark out. I’m tired. My joints hurt. I washed my hair today…
It stopped being important to me. I stopped making it a priority. In the last three weeks I have hardly run at all.
And suddenly I’m familiar with what everyone calls the winter slump. Okay, maybe no one calls it that–or maybe they do. But it’s what I’m calling it.
But the thing is, I like running! I like being active. I like how it makes me feel and I like how it changes my body!
So here I am, implementing a little bit of a challenge. The goal is to workout 5 days a week this winter. It can be any combination of the 7 days in the week, but 5 days–no excuses!
I’m not going to put rules on this except that it has to be 5 days a week. While I’d like to say I should run 3x a week and do cross training (i.e. some kind of workout DVD) twice a week, I’m sure that if I put those kind of parameters on this that I’ll likely fail. I say that because if the weather or my workday prohibits me from getting out for a run, I could see myself saying “well, alls lost anyway” and grab a bag of chips and binge netflix instead.
So yeah. There it is. A winter workout challenge. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but it has to be something.
Do any of you challenge yourself, fitness wise, in the winter? Everyone usually panics around New Years and flood the gyms armed with resolutions. Or two weeks before spring break the bathing suit panic sets in. I’ve never been one of those people because quite frankly I wasn’t ever a person who works out. But the winter months can be long, dark and sort of boring. Once the Holidays pass, at least. So maybe we can all take this challenge together!