This morning’s run was the windiest and toughest run of my whole life. No joke. There were parts where I was running against 20+ mph winds. I wanted to give up so many times, and I had many choice words for Mother Nature.
Most importantly, though, I stayed mentally tough and got my 14 miles in!
Before I headed out, I was having a very heated internal debate. “Should I skip running and go to the gym? Should I just brave the bad weather?” I reaalllyyy didn’t want to run. I knew it would be hard. But, I shut down my pity party and laced up the running shoes!
How do you just suck it up and run in bad weather?
Here are some of my tips for getting motivated when the weather is less than ideal.
1. Think of your running goals.
Are you preparing for an upcoming race? Shooting for a PR? Upping your mileage? Just trying to lose weight? Although skipping one workout will do little harm to your overall success, skipping several due to bad weather will hinder your progress. Think about how far you’ve come! You don’t want to ruin that!
You know the weather is going to suck. Although you can’t change that, you can prepare yourself for the misery that follows. Make sure to dress appropriately! The last thing you want is to be too hot or too cold. Also under this category, make sure you fuel up (as you always should) and bring along your gu if you’re doing a long run! The weather will make the run harder, so be sure to have plenty of fuel.
I fueled up with some Cheesecake Factory Salmon last night.
Word of advice: if it’s super windy out, don’t choose a route that goes through the desert. I tried to run on my favorite equestrian trail this morning, and felt like I was running in place. I turned around within two minutes and decided to use another route 🙂
4. Don’t stress the pace.
High winds will no doubt slow your pace. The added resistance makes it harder to power through. Don’t be mad at yourself if your pace is a little bit slower! Just be proud that you’re out and getting the hard work in.
5. Embrace the suck!
Accept the fact that you may hate your life for a little bit. Just know that you are getting stronger, both physically and mentally! Plus, the suckiness makes the run so much more of an accomplishment once you finish.
6. Reward yourself when you get it done.
After completing your run in the horrid weather, you deserve a treat (and bragging rights)! Feel free to drink an entire pot of coffee and document your efforts on social media, just like I did!
- Do you run in bad weather or transition to the treadmill?
- Is it really windy where you live?
- Do you like to post your running accomplishments on social media? (I do all the time. It probably becomes very annoying, but oh well 🙂 )