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A Post About How I Plan to Beat the Winter Blues

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.

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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!

(I have a picture that I’ll insert here when I find it…)

UPDATE – I found it!

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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:

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(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!

Question/Sharing: How do you beat the winter blues?

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  • 779640144
    November 8, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Good luck in the cold. In my part of the country (Southern California), I am simply looking forward to a break in the heat. It was 90 degrees here last weekend. For us hiking can only be done (without threat of heat stroke) late fall through spring. I’m so looking forward to getting covered in trail dust again.

  • 169143219876398
    November 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’m beating the winter blues the same way as you. I registered for the Hypothermic Half in February. And again like you, being from Canada, I’m sure to freeze doing it but it beats sitting inside and whining about the weather outside. Good luck on your training and the race!

  • 169143219876398
    November 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’m beating the winter blues the same way as you. I registered for the Hypothermic Half in February. And again like you, being from Canada, I’m sure to freeze doing it but it beats sitting inside and whining about the weather outside. Good luck on your training and the race!

  • 169143219876398
    November 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’m beating the winter blues the same way as you. I registered for the Hypothermic Half in February. And again like you, being from Canada, I’m sure to freeze doing it but it beats sitting inside and whining about the weather outside. Good luck on your training and the race!

  • 169143219876398
    November 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’m beating the winter blues the same way as you. I registered for the Hypothermic Half in February. And again like you, being from Canada, I’m sure to freeze doing it but it beats sitting inside and whining about the weather outside. Good luck on your training and the race!

  • 169143219876398
    November 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’m beating the winter blues the same way as you. I registered for the Hypothermic Half in February. And again like you, being from Canada, I’m sure to freeze doing it but it beats sitting inside and whining about the weather outside. Good luck on your training and the race!

  • 169143219876398
    November 8, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    I’m beating the winter blues the same way as you. I registered for the Hypothermic Half in February. And again like you, being from Canada, I’m sure to freeze doing it but it beats sitting inside and whining about the weather outside. Good luck on your training and the race!

  • 541881859
    November 9, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I can feel hibernation feelings setting in and I don’t want them to! I’ll get myself out there and for those really cold days I now have a treadmill. No excuses.

  • 541881859
    November 9, 2012 at 2:38 am

    I can feel hibernation feelings setting in and I don’t want them to! I’ll get myself out there and for those really cold days I now have a treadmill. No excuses.

  • 666074465
    November 9, 2012 at 10:15 am

    I’m sooo nervous about this winter as it has been my FAVE TIME in texas…and we’re moving.

  • 148641518497843
    November 17, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Great job! I think that jacket is a great incentive to run a race 🙂 I love race swag.
    I tend to beat the winter blues by TRYING to run it out and spending as much time as I can in the sun (even if it is hard to come by in the winter).

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