Here we are on the dawn of another Holiday Season, and again, I find myself slowly packing on the pounds. Poor food choices, too much Halloween candy, too many social events and not enough exercise. Blah. Blah. Blah. I also feel crummy. The days are getting much shorter ” I leave for work in the dark, and I drive home in the dark.
Am I the only one already starting to feel the winter blues?
So instead of whining and complaining about the dark, my weight, and generally feeling miserable, I’ve decided to beat the winter blues by registering for the Chilly Half Marathon … Again.
I swear, this race is like my personal Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) cure. The first weekend in March, which despite the cold, is the perfect weekend to race. The weather always cooperates (except for that one year in 2003 when we ran through slush). I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve done this race ” I may be up to 5 or 6 times (including last year when I set a new PB there). I’ve even run this race pregnant and pushing a jogging stroller!
UPDATE – I found it!
So I took a Visa gift card I earned from doing a sponsored post on the ol’ blog, and instead of blowing it on junk, I’ve used it to invest in my own personal health and emotional well being. Having a race that I’ve registered for looming in the distance is a great way for me to motivate myself to get outside for a mid-day endorphin rush, and a glimpse of sunlight, even on the super cold days of winter. Training also motivates me to eat better: to make better food choices because I recover from hard long runs so much better if I give myself the proper fuel.
Besides all the great health benefits of training, I gotta admit the cute jacket for the race registrants is a very nice bonus:
(See? Seriously cute jacket. Men, don’t worry, there’s a different one for you, unless of course you like violet)
Let the training begin ” wish me luck!