We have been challenged with some uncomfortable weather training for the Berry race. The temptation is certainly there to skip workouts and wait for fairer weather. Don’t fall into this trap. In fact, training outdoors in cold weather is a good thing. While it may not feel great, keep in mind it takes additional calories to keep you warm. So just like training in hot weather, the body is working harder and becoming more fit with each run. You are burning a lot of calories to stay warm. The stress to your body is actually good in that it builds fitness and endurance. Another thing to consider is that the challenges you face now make the reward so much sweeter. When you cross the finish line on race day, you will reflect on your journey and be even more proud of your accomplishment. Plus, you can brag that you battled the cold winter of 2015 and conquered it.
“Whether you believe you can or you can’t, you’re probably right.” – Henry Ford
By: John Azar-Dickens, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology and Licensed Clinical Psychologist