UM…. I just got really excited because I realized there is actually 29 days left until the wedding, NOT 30!  It’s like I just flew forward in time. Woo hooo! 

 

In other news…. I should’ve mentioned in last night’s post that the lovely Coach duffel was not, in fact, a Coach duffel.  I bought it from Chinatown in NYC for $30. The pretty tan bag is a Target original.  And the sexy black pumps are from Payless!  I roll cheap, people! You can always find cute and stylish stuff at the less expensive stores,  you just have to do more digging and pay attention to fabric types, hems, stupid embellishments, and cuts — those are the things that make an item look cheap.

 

Didn’t want you all to have the wrong impression that we’re millionaires…. cause…. we’re not!

 

Breakfast was simple and filling.  I need to stock up on oatmeal, as I may not get a lot of healthy meals in this weekend!

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My oatmeal contained:

 

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • 1 sliced banana
  • Toppings: pumpkin granola and three dried apricots.

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It was a delish bowl of oatmeal that I ate verrrry slowly due to my little blue spoon.

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Staying Motivated in Winter

 

I think my lack of enthusiasm to go running lately is mostly due to the fact that its winter.  Sure, it doesn’t get very cold here — but it does get dark at 5:30, which is when I get off of work!

 

Staying motivated in the winter is very important!  You don’t want to undo all the hard work of the summer — fall off the running bandwagon and you’ll lose endurance, muscle mass, mental toughness… and you’ll probably put on some weight.  Plus, there are fun Spring races to look forward to!

 

I did some research on how to stay motivated in winter, and here’s a summary of what I found:

 

  • Find a winter race and SIGN UP.  If you can’t find a winter race, pick an early spring-time race and PAY THE ENTRY FEE NOW!  Having a goal in front of you requires you to prepare and gives purpose to your training program.
  • Focus on getting FASTER by doing speedwork on the treadmill at the gym.  Do 0.25-mile sprints, followed by 1 minute of easy jogging.  Repeat 8 times or more!
  • Replace some of your runs with winter-time cross-training, like skiing or showshoeing…. or enjoy some gym activities, like treadmill running, spinning, or yoga!
  • Focus on building muscle strength by incorporating more weight-lifting.
  •  Set a weekly mileage goal and "reward" yourself for reaching the goals.  Don’t use food rewards — reward yourself with a new book, tickets to the movies, a manicure, etc.  Set larger monthly mileage goals and give yourself bigger rewards, like a back massage!
  • Buy some pretty winter running gear.
  • Whenever you catch yourself being negative about the winter, remind yourself of all the times you complained about the heat and humidity of the summer!
  • Think about how hardcore of a runner you are for continuing to run in the winter. You deserve a medal!
  • If possible, switch from evening workouts to morning workouts.

 

Have an excellent day!

{ 24 comments }

 

  • D10 December 4, 2008, 5:46 am

    Have lots of fun this weekend! Enjoy all every minute with you girls. The wedding is so close!

  • girlrunningaround December 4, 2008, 5:57 am

    Great winter running advice! I actually like running in the winter better. I get way too hot in the summer and I’m uncomfortable in the heat. It’s nice to feel cold air on hot skin.

  • Krista December 4, 2008, 6:31 am

    Once again, Caitlin, thanks for the fabulous tips!!!

    Isn’t that pumpkin granola awesome?! šŸ™‚

  • Sarah December 4, 2008, 6:34 am

    I love the little blue spoon… where did you get it? (Not that I really need anything else in my kitchen!)

  • VeggieGirl December 4, 2008, 6:36 am

    Your breakfast bowls are so decorative; and the contents are sooo divine šŸ™‚

    I’m so excited for you this weekend!! Have TONS OF FUN, GIRL!!!

  • Caitlin (see bride run) December 4, 2008, 6:39 am

    sarah – hahah! it is from pottery barn – they always have them. they are only $1!

  • K December 4, 2008, 6:41 am

    I’m a BIG bargain shopper – I love finding deals! Thanks for the great motivation advice šŸ™‚

    Have a great Thursday!!

  • Balance, Joy and Delicias! December 4, 2008, 6:53 am

    those are useful tips! Thanks for sharing!!!

    (here it gets dark around 4.30-5pm, really sad)

  • just me December 4, 2008, 7:08 am

    great bargains…some people call me cheap, i like to say i’m frugal. šŸ™‚

    and love the tips. i’ve def been using a few of those lately!

  • Rose December 4, 2008, 7:21 am

    I feel like just yesterday you said you had 60 days until the wedding. Wow, time really is flying!

  • Mica December 4, 2008, 7:40 am

    Love your motivation tips. I congratulate myself daily now for running in the sub-30 degree weather. (Today: 15 feels like 7.)

    Have a great time this weekend!!

  • sarah December 4, 2008, 7:58 am

    i will take a 40 degree day over a 90 degree day for running anytime! therefore, since i’m in NC, i usually marathon train during the winter for spring races. this year it will be the NJ marathon in may šŸ™‚

    i am impressed at your bargain-finding. i am definitely not as talented in that department!

  • therunningaddict December 4, 2008, 8:02 am

    Just the motivation I needed!Thanks!

  • Meg December 4, 2008, 8:06 am

    Yummy breakfast! Have a fantastic day!

  • ashley (sweetandnatural) December 4, 2008, 8:11 am

    I love all your tips!

  • Halie December 4, 2008, 8:22 am

    Hey – fakies are great when it comes to shoes and purses. They are usually made from man-made material and therefore: ANIMAL FRIENDLY! But, not all of them are though.

    Thank you for the tips for staying motivated!! They will be helpful!

  • tfh December 4, 2008, 8:27 am

    Running in the dark is hard indeed, but my spring race is definitely great motivation. Being warm enough in proper gear works too! I can’t BELIEVE your wedding is so soon– seems like time is flying.

  • BOBBI McCORMICK December 4, 2008, 8:50 am

    hey I love these tips, I was just looking up the same thing:)HAVE FUN THIS WEEKEND!

  • Marissa December 4, 2008, 8:52 am

    Good for you for being frugal! I love small spoons too! šŸ™‚ They make food so much more enjoyable

  • seeleelive (for the love of peanut butter) December 4, 2008, 9:49 am

    hey caitlin good almost afternoon! these are such good tips that i will send off to my mom-she loves running so much !! she would really appreciate these.

    thanks for commenting on my blog yesterday–guess your stuck with that “wuttur”pronouncin future hubby :-D!! guess u gotta get used to it!! LOL

    that bfast looks so good. nothing fills me up like oatmeal. i had eggs this morning at the dining hall (like you did yesterday prob not as good though) and i was so hungry 45 mins. later. oats are heavy and delicias. you must be so pumped for tmrw, what time r u guys leaving? will u post up a sched. of the itinerary for us to see?!! YAY!

  • Sharney December 4, 2008, 10:01 am

    Hi Caitlin,
    Thank you so much for the tips to stay motivated during the winter. I also have been finding it hard to stay motivated during these long cold months. I have been relying heavily on my treadmill and will continue to until spring. It is just way too cold & dark to run outside! During the warmer months I really didn't have to push myself as much to get dressed to run as I do now. I am definitely going to work on increasing my speed this winter. I haven't spent much time at all doing speedwork, but you have motivated me! So, thank you, Caitlin!

    Have a wonderful day & yayyyy that it's only 29 more days until wedded bliss šŸ™‚

  • Elina December 4, 2008, 12:22 pm

    I love all the motivation ideas. My favorite one is betting a cute winter running outfit šŸ™‚

  • lauren December 4, 2008, 12:47 pm

    great tips! I am eyeing up some early 09 races now!

  • Natalie Rae December 4, 2008, 1:43 pm

    I am a cheapy cheaper too! I love designers and pay attention to cut, hem, fabric too šŸ™‚ It is so fun to get a compliment and then be able to say that you purchased it at someplace affordable to everyone. I am happy to have a kindred spirit šŸ˜‰

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