I have learned a few things this week and figure I would share...
Find a workout that is close to your house. I found a trail that is one mile from my house so I walk there. I actually walk around my neighborhood the long way for a warm up and once I am on the main road I begin my run. (Log onto running ahead and create a new course to be able to figure out how far your run is.) Not having to make even a quick 10 minute drive to the gym really helps you get in your workouts. By the time you pack your gym bag, drive there, park and get on a treadmill you have wasted at least 30 minutes. I am shock by how many more I am fitting in even this busy month. I am also getting better workout because my body is being challenged more by the uneven surfaces.
Please don't feel like you have to get in a run to have a workout. If all you can do is walk then walk! It took me a long time to even learn how to run 1 mile so don't ever feel bad, just make sure you are pushing yourself for a better workout.
Speaking of busy month, it is December and FREEZING. I live in Colorado, it snows it's a fact. It is always so sunny though that here in Denver the snow melts super fast. This winter though we have had tons of little storms and it hasn't been melting. I still really want to run outside so I have had to make a few adjustments to what I wear...
I got a grey compression mock turtleneck as my base layer, I then put on a fleece that has the thumb holes to keep your sleeves down (LOVE this feature) and last I wear running tights. I really didn't see the need for these until I ran in my normal yoga pants one snowy day. I came home and from my knee up to the top of my legs was red and itchy from being so cold then coming inside. I love them but they are a little tight, all they had was size medium. They will be perfect though after a week or more of running. All of the above is C9 from Target, love that line (all but the sports bra's that wear out to fast for me).
I also have had to add a hat and gloves, both are easy to take off if you get too hot.
Last but not least...
If you haven't ran in a 4 - 6 weeks you will loose any progress you have made. Not a shock but I read it in Runner's World today. My runs now are about 1.5 miles (on a good day) before I begin to walk. It's ok though because soon I will be up to a 5K again!
Only 45 more miles till I can purchase new running shoes!!!