Winter Motivation (or lack thereof)

Does anyone else have trouble motivating themselves to get to the gym in the winter months? This year, it has been a major problem for me. I can always think of something I’d rather do – drink a second cup of coffee, catch up with everyone I’ve ever met on Facebook, reply to e-mail from two months ago, wash my hair…you get the basic idea.

This time last year, I was a month away from a half marathon. Scheduling a race in the middle of winter was probably the best idea I ever accidentally had. I can’t race without training. Not being able to finish scares me. So I kept that race in sight, bundled myself up, and trekked to the gym at least three times a week, and I ran…and ran and ran and ran.

I have absolutely nothing to train for right now. I hunted for something, anything I could sign up for. There are no races in this part of the country, to speak of, until April or May. Even then, the good ones require travel that I can’t commit to at this point. It’s frustrating.

I do other exercises at home, so don’t be worrying that I’ve turned into a complete bum. I’m certain my cardio is not what it used to be, though. I really wish I had my own treadmill. Then I could watch TV all morning AND get a good run in. Santa? Are you listening? Treadmill next year. For serious. Especially if I’m living in North Dakota indefinitely.

What do you do to motivate yourself when it’s cold and depressing outside?

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