Embracing January’s Chill


Who’s ready for warm days and cool nights with a nice breeze coming through your open window!?  I’m afraid we have a little bit more of winter to go folks!  Yes, this has been a cold January—perhaps the coldest that I ever remember, and I grew up further north than I live now! I was taking a look at my running stats today and I ran nearly 20 more miles during the month of December than this January.

Morning sunrise on the Potomac River

Morning sunrise on the Potomac River.

Morning boot camp class was canceled a few times due to 0 or below freezing temperatures.  In a way, though, I might just be getting used to the cold (I mean 17 degrees working out yesterday morning actually was not that unbearable.  And today’s 28 degrees felt downright balmy.)  But I’ll admit the bitter cold has a way of getting in the way of workout routines.  I have had my fair share of mornings when I roll back over in bed after I see how cold it is outside.  Working out inside, though, is such a very boring proposition.  But sometimes it must be done. Given the cold temperatures, I have managed to have my share of fun times and here are some highlights…

A lunch time run in early January when things were sort of thawing out, before the BIG freeze came on.

A lunch time run in early January when things were sort of thawing out, before the BIG freeze came on.

An evening walk through the neighborhood to make some snow angels with friends.

A morning boot camp class being pulled on a sled (and doing some bear crawls with the sled and belly flop of my own creation).

A fun and cold 7+ mile run with friends to see the baby panda, Bao Bao, as well as other creatures.  (Rock Creek Parkway, photo credit: Coren Morgan)

A fun and cold 7+ mile run with friends to see the baby panda, Bao Bao, as well as other creatures. (Rock Creek Parkway, photo credit: Coren Morgan)

Bao Bao was sleeping inside but her parents were playing.  I think this is her dad (Photo Credit: Nicole Tidwell)

Bao Bao was sleeping inside but her parents were playing. I think this is her dad. (photo credit: Nicole Tidwell)

Wily looking wolves. (Photo Credit: Nicole Tidwell)

Wily looking wolves. (photo credit: Nicole Tidwell)

Taking a run break to hang with the pandas.

Taking a run break to hang with the pandas. (photo credit:  Steve Chen)

A frozen-ish Potomac River with snow on top.

A frozen-ish Potomac River with snow on top.

And some other cold morning workouts when I actually got out of bed to get to them and brave the freeze!  I’m not going to complain about the cold until after I get my skiing in for the year, BUT then I’ll be ready for green grass and cool breezes!  Washington Monument in snow, January 2014

Until then, stay warm friends and let’s hope that there aren’t too many more early mornings of temperatures like this:     early cold temps

About mileoneandcounting

I'm a young professional living in the Washington, DC area. Since moving here in 2007 I have honed a passion for running and fitness. Growing up I played soccer and softball (and tested track & field for one year). After college I ran a few 5K races, but running was really only a means to staying in shape for me. Never in my wildest imagination had I thought I'd ever run a marathon, let alone three. Nor did I think I'd get the running bug after doing so, but I'll admit I'm hooked! Over the years my blog has grown into so much more than a running blog though. Sometimes I have deep thoughts. Other times I'm simply sharing a training story or a review of a product. Here's the place where you'll learn about me through my many adventures--even I enjoy going back to re-read some posts from time to time. I've also been able to hone my love for health and wellness through my business called IDLife which stands for Individually Designed Life. I'd love to help inspire you to live your best life yet so please don't hesitate to reach out to me and may my words resonate with you. See you on the trails...
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