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How to Be a Winter Warrior During a Polar Vortex

 A HUGE thanks to my friend Johanna, who is here today to spread the winter running love. The perfect thing to talk about while I’m basking in the warm Hawaiian sunshine. 

There’s no need to hibernate – get out there!

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Cooler temperatures. Impending polar vortex. Frostbite on the plants I forgot to bring inside. And the Farmer’s Almanac predicting the 2014 – 2015 winter as one during which we won’t only be cold, but we’ll exist as a “Refriger-nation.”

Who’s ready to lace up their sneaks and run outside with me?

Winter weather (unless you live in Florida) offers two stark options for runners.

1. Dusting off the treadmill (or the “dreadmill” as I lovingly call it) and start logging miles which catching up with Scandal and Downtown Abbey.


2. Learning how to layer up, to stay safe and to find motivation to run outside.

Without a doubt,  I’ll opt for layers, safety and motivation over the treadmill any day of the week.

Last year, I consistently ran outside 4x week, logging about 75-85 miles/month. Believe it or not, some of my favorite, treasured runs happened during blizzards and snowstorms.

Sure, my friends thought I was a bit (entirely) nutty for running outside in less than ideal weather.

Between you and me, I love running in the winter. In fact, when I look back over my training notebook for last winter, I ran the most consistently and frequently in the cooler, winter months.

Right now you may just be wondering “How did she motivate to do that? What did she wear? And how did she stay safe? It’s scary to run in the snow, ice and darker, shorter days!”

You’ve got questions about how to be a winter warrior and I’ve got your answers.

When dressing to run outside in the winter, here’s what you need to know.

  • Cover your head.
  • It’s all about the base (layers), no tricky cotton (Angela did a great post on this already.)
  • Protect your hands
  • Dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer outside.

Once you’re dressed and ready to go out the door, safety has to be at the forefront of your mind. Always make sure you can:

  • See (headlamps are a great addition to your winter warrior wardrobe)
  • Be seen (brighter colors and reflective gear, vests and blinky lights are a must)
  • Be like ET and carry a phone to call home if need be
  • Screw your sneaks. Seriously, make DIY YakTrax and put screws into your sneakers (Learn more HERE.)

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So you’ve gotten yourself outside a few times. Rightfully so, you’re quite proud for braving the elements and getting your sweat on. But now it’s week two of cold, dark, dreary weather and your motivation is starting to wane. What’s a girl to do to stay running?

  • Sign up for a late winter or early spring race. That will light a fire under you for sure.
  • Find a running buddy. It’s the sole (get it?!) reason I consistently ran as much as I did last year.
  • Change your mindset. Winter running isn’t about PRs and tempo work. It’s about maintenance mileage.
  • And my favorite, channel your inner badass.

How do you plan to stay warm, safe and motivated this winter to keep up your mileage?

For weekly running motivation, insight and training tips, come visit me at www.johannavoss.com

High Five Friday

high 5 friday 121214High Five Friday is here!

By the time you are reading this, I’ll be flying the friendly skies…for 11+ hours. The longest flight I’ve ever been on was 6ish hours. And that felt long. Here’s hoping that 5 more hours isn’t that bad.

It’s been a wild week getting ready. I’m so ready to be on the plane. Oh and to run too!

5 Things

1. This House Needs a Mouse – I definitely have never thought my house needs a mouse, but after reading this book (multiple times), I’m thinking a mouse may be a good thing. I received an advanced copy of This House Needs a Mouse by C. Jeffrey Nunnally in exchange for a review. This is a sweet book. It’s a rhyming book and a fun to look at book. My kiddos were worried when the mouse was left alone in the house and scared when the new family tried to get rid of him by getting a cat. Thankfully, the cat had other plans. This House Needs a Mouse is a perfect addition to any child’s book collection.It is available now on the book’s websiteAmazonBarnes and Noble, and Big Tent Books.

2. What NOT to Do on Race Day - My latest contribution to Competitor magazine. Hopefully, I will NOT commit any of these race day sins on Sunday!

3. Hidden Veggie Recipes – You know me…I love a good sneaky veggie. These recipes are perfect for the 4 year olds and the 41 year old.

4. Family Pictures Gone Wrong – You WILL laugh at these. I may have even snorted at a couple. Happy Friday!

5. Make sure you are following me on Instagram and Facebook to get all of the Honolulu Marathon and Saucony 26 Strong action this weekend. I’ve got a guest post lined up for next week but will be taking the rest of the week off from blogging to totally relax.

Race Week Thoughts

Last 20 miler | happyfitmama.comKailey’s last 20 miler of this training cycle.

Race week is here!

In two days, we’ll be flying the friendly skies for a (very) long time before landing in Hawaii, where it will be sunny (hopefully) and warm (but hopefully not too warm).

My mind is kind of all over the place. Right now, I’m mostly focused on what needs to get done before we leave. So many things especially since it’s the first time Ron and I are vacationing sans kids. My absolutely wonderful parents, are flying in tonight and will be hanging out with the kids while we are gone for the next week.

Since I’ve been preoccupied with all the logistics with that, I really haven’t thought too much about the marathon.

The big question that everyone asks and that is hanging over my head:

Am I ready?

I’m really not sure.

I am not completely in marathon shape. This I know is true. After having to take all of October off from running because of my Achilles and back injuries, I just started to slowly build up my mileage again in November. My Achilles is absolutely fine when I am running. It does feel “pinched” afterwards and other random times. My back is also good. No problems at all. The farthest distance I’ve covered since returning is 16 miles. I felt great during it and felt like I could do more. I’m hoping my body will remember the two 20 milers and one 21.5 miler I did prior to October.

Even though it’s not what I pictured, it’s still going to be an amazing race.

My goal is to enjoy. Enjoy the scenery. Enjoy the movement of running. Enjoy helping a friend reach her goal.

My number one priority is to make sure my cadet, Kailey, crosses the finish line of her first marathon. This isn’t my race. It’s hers. She’s put in the miles, done exactly as I prescribed for her. She worked really hard while training and I am so very, very proud of her!

If you are interested in tracking us, it’s available through the Honolulu Marathon website. My bib # is 14604.

It’s going to be a crazy, good time. I’m ready to be on the plane already. I’m ready to meet the other teams from Saucony 26 Strong that are running Honolulu.

I’m ready to run.