Winter Running Is Hard So I’m Making A Resolution

Each night, I promise myself I’ll get up at six and head out on my morning run. I have the best of intentions. Really. But the polar vortex is only just leaving Boston and it seems every morning I wake up it’s colder and the snow is deeper. This morning, we woke up to a surprise snow storm. Winter takes all of my good intentions and tosses them right out into the snow bank. Needless to say, I am more frequently rolling over and snoozing than I am popping up and lacing up my sneakers.

yogaWell, for once in my life, instead of forcing myself to pound the pavement in my running duds, I’m switching it up. Call it my resolution for 2014. Call it “I’m sick of being cold.” Call it a CHANGE.

Instead of beating myself up over fewer runs and fewer miles, I’ve taken to yoga. I’ve dabbled in yoga in the past, as part of my P90X routine. I like it but I never seem to stick with it because running and triathlon training crowds everything else out. Yoga is very interesting to me, and it feels vastly different from running. After a run, you feel great, there is no doubt about that. We call it the runner’s high. But after yoga, each and every muscle fiber feels alive. I’m going to call it the yoga tingle.

Here comes the resolution: mindfulness. It’s a buzzword, I know. Possibly a fad. But I’m ready to give it a try and bring some more mindfulness into my life. Doing yoga instead of running has already worked a change in my mind, to slow down, avoid Facebook, put my iphone down. Running just perpetuates all of those things. If I find myself picking up my phone in the midst of a vinyasa, I’m certain I’ll be kicked out of the studio, so there’s some accountability built into this at least.

By no means will I give up my first (fitness) love, my running. But at least I’m using this cursed cold weather to bring a little more zen into the world.

8 thoughts on “Winter Running Is Hard So I’m Making A Resolution

  1. sarahdudek80 says:

    I think this is a great mindset. During the vortex I embraced the time inside and tonight it is pouring rain onto the snow and the streets are flooded. Running might not be in the cards again tomorrow. But always nice to have the yoga option!

  2. consultpro05 says:

    I’ve been considering attempting yoga again, since I’ve been injured and can’t run. I’ve always struggled with it because I get so easily distracted. I can’t bend my right leg the way most can, so if you have any recommendations for and unflexible ADHD type, it would be appreciated. 🙂

    • thelimberlawyer says:

      I’ve noticed my own levels of distraction seem to be getting worse. I think it’s all the computer time since it’s so easy to click from one thing to the next. But, I’ll update with how the yoga is going soon!

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  4. Laila Siddique says:

    YES!! Yoga for the win! I go once a week dutifully it’s almost like therapy for me given the crazy nature of my job.

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