What motivates me most during the cold weather runs is the feeling of crisp air hitting my face as I run along. Kind of a mental cleansing for me. But also knowing my groupies will be there holding me accountable to my goals. Yes, my friends are as crazy as I am and we love it. We cut it off at 10°. Anything lower we find a "dreadmill."—Amy B.
This one's tough because I live in the cruel, cold climate of Idaho where our winters last six months long. I guess for me, the motivation to run in the cold isn't much different than the motivation to run any other time of year. That is, if I don't just get out there and do it, I'm only cheating myself out of something that will make me feel great. I'm only cheating myself out of time that's all mine—precious miles and minutes to myself to feel the freedom and rejuvenation that running offers. Running in the cold brings a kind of exhilaration that no other season can duplicate and when I've braved the plunging temperatures that keep most people bundled up in the warmth of their homes, I feel a sense of pride in myself that really empowers me. It never fails that the little bit of resolve it requires to bundle up and get out the door on a cold winter morning is rewarded ten times over six or seven miles later.—Angie "TallGirlRunning"
It gets cold for several months on end in northern NY and I know that if I don't get out there and run, every day I skip is fitness that I will lose and have to try to regain when the warmer spring temps come. I don't want all the hard work I've done to go to waste, so I bundle up and get moving!—Jennifer O.