1. If you want to get out the door, don’t look out the window

Don’t do it. You are just going to look at it and wallow in how freaking cold it looks compared to your nice warm bed. Do not look out the window.

2. Look at the weather to determine what clothes to wear, not whether you are going  out at all.

That weather app of yours isn’t there for you to justify not going. It’s telling you if you need long sleeves or not.

3. Plan what you are going to do the day before, don’t leave the choice up until the morning

It’s a fact that the more decisions your brain has to make, the more overwhelmed it gets and the more indecisive it becomes. So plan what kind of run you are going to do, where you are going to run, what you are going to wear and take away all of those decisions from the morning so all you have to do is run. Easy!

4. Remind yourself that it isn’t hard.

Running isn’t hard. Running in winter isn’t hard. Running in rain isn’t hard. It’s water. You are water proof. It might get cold, but so what? Some things in life are hard but this isn’t one of them.

5. Think about Summer

Really. Think about that. Sweltering heat. Horrifying humidity of grossness. Every step feels like you are running through a swamp of dank, hot air. Let that image just swirl around in your brain a bit. I prefer Winter, and I’m pretty sure you do too.

Zoey Dowling

Written by: operationmove

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  1. These are so true. I used to find that the hardest thing for me to do was get changed !!! So if I felt like I didn't want to run, I would get home, get changed and then decide if I still really didn't want to run - I ALWAYS ran because once I was changed there was no point in not getting out for a run !!!! Have a great weekend ! Me xox

  2. These are all fantastic tips and ones I use every day without even thinking about it. With four children under 9, I've found the ideal time for me to exercise is at 4:30am - quet roads, the freshest of air the promise of a whole day ahead. I run or ride my bike every day regardless of what mother nature throws at me - I think you can't truly appreciate beautiful mormings until you've experienced sub-zero wintry mornings in the rain and wind! And I'm yet to regret one second of my pre-dawn journeys!