running in autumn, dealing with colder temperature

I live in a city with very distinct seasons and with the weather getting colder and daylight hours shorter, I’ve been less and less enthused about going outside for my usual runs.

1) colder temperature

2) rainy weather, or the ground might be wet

3) sidewalks are filled with fallen leaves, it’s gross and potentially slippery

4) add insult to injury the ‘usual’ excuses

So how do you get yourself to run outside after ‘just do it’ doesn’t quite cut it?

Solutions:

1) Update your running playlist: find new running music and put them on your iPod and enjoy while you jog!

2) Run somewhere you have to go to anyways, like the grocery store with a backpack, get your groceries, put them in your backpack then run back.

3) Visualize post-run effect: yes, think about how great you’d feel post run!

NOW GO RUN!

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I ran out of ideas then I took a walk

I was experiencing one of the worst creative ruts I’ve ever encountered.

It starts like this: a small discomfort, something you can’t put a finger on. Then it migrates and expands – this nagging feeling then becomes bothersome. You can no longer sit still. So you grab some water and some snack, go back to your desk and then power through, except you can’t focus. Nothing seems to be going right, all due to some nagging feeling you can’t place a finger on.

You try to push it aside, except then you realize you might need to take a break – as in get outside and get some air so you don’t feel like battery caged chicken. You look through the window longingly – what good will that do? I have so much to do!!

You struggle for maybe another ten minutes, then you give up and push away from the desk. Still skeptical, you put on your running shoes.

The first rush of cold air hits you signalling its almost fall.

You take that first few steps out, feeling rather silly that you’re power walking away from your problems…first block, second block, you check twice for cars, then you power on – 5 minutes, 10 minutes, before you know it, your heart’s pumping, blood’s flowing and then the serendipitous ‘aha!’ hits before you know you’re racing back to complete your work.

Moral of the story: breaks are productive, exercise is not a waste of time.

7 benefits of outdoors running:

Confession: I’m one of those people who has a gym membership but doesn’t use it…

Yes. Guilty as charged.

I initially got the membership so that I’ll ‘go’ when the weather’s being less than ideal. But then, the weather’s been awesome lately and I tell myself, ah, I’ll well I’ll just go next time…except next time turned into next week and next week turned into next month to the point the thought of a treadmill among a row of identical treadmills in a warehouse like environment puts me off…the place is just so grey and boring (not to mention mechanical)

And you might ask, what have you been doing since you skipped the gym?

Well, I’ve mentioned I took my workouts outside on the road and killed two pairs of runners thus far. But these are the things I’ve noticed since I made the switch.

The pros of running outside:

1. It’s easy. You just put on your running shoes and go, there’s no sign in at the gym, no locking up your stuff, no waiting for machines, you just put your shoes on and start.

2. You’ll workout harder. Running on the road is harder than running on the treadmill. You’ll have to exert more energy to propel yourself forward and the road is not always even in terms of incline, but the plus side of this is you get more resistance out of your workout and you’re forced to workout harder.

3. You’ll improve faster. This goes hand in hand with getting a harder workout. When I started running outside I was baffled at how I could run from what seems like forever to breathing heavy in fifteen minutes. Then I discovered, it was due to my bad running form, which served me alright on the treadmill but the road wouldn’t have any of that.

4. You’ll see how far you’ve gone. One of my favourite things is probably mileage, knowing that I’ve ran farther today than I have yesterday. On the treadmill it’s always a number, but without much visual, but with the visual, it’s a more satisfying experience.

5. The scenery. This is often overlooked, the scenery and the fresh air, wind in your face feeling is a lot more rewarding than the clanking of machines and stuffiness of the gym environment. (And capture moments like the photo cover of this post, heron in the water at sunset.) 

6. You can switch it up! You don’t have to stick to neighbourhood blocks, if tracks, trails and the beach are available, why not try it? It’ll freshen up your workout.

7. Make it a social event! Grab a friend, set a date and go for a run to catch up, why not switch up the coffee date for some adrenaline filled goodness?