One of my biggest goals for 2015 is to not let the cold winter weather turn me into a hermit. As a Florida native now living in Michigan, it has taken me a couple of years to really embrace the “beauty” that surrounds us this time of year, as Michiganders like to say.
Thankfully, we had a mild winter season our first year living in the mitten. It got cold, but it felt doable, and I was still able to get outside and go for a run every once in a while.
Last year, however, the polar vortex took all of my hopes and dreams of running outside away from me. I think I went on a total of ten runs outside from Thanksgiving to my birthday, which is late April. I didn’t realize how much I missed it until I started running more consistently again in the springtime.
I gave myself a free pass from running last year. With record-breaking cold temperatures and record-breaking snowfalls, my motivation to get out there any longer than absolutely necessary was almost nonexistent. I pretty much stayed indoors unless I had to be somewhere.
Looking back on last year’s winter months makes me really sad. I’m just not the type of person who likes to be cooped up and indoors all day. I knew I needed to start working outside of the home, so I am very grateful to have found a career in the fitness industry that gets me out and keeps me social while doing what I love.
I truly hope I don’t eat my words by saying this winter is shaping up to be similar to the first one we experienced up here. There have been extremely cold days, but the snowfall has been under control, and there have been enough “warmer” days to balance it all out.
I realized I should have taken advantage of this about a month ago, and made a goal for myself to get outside more this year. Running outside is something that not only makes me happy, but also keeps me sane.
I love the scenery, I love the trails, I love the constant smile on Roadie’s face when he goes with me, and I love being able to get in some fresh air while I exercise.
To help me stay committed to my pledge of running throughout all four seasons this year, I stopped into a nearby Target® and picked up a few winter running essentials to keep me warm.
As part of this campaign, I was asked to share how Target® C9 gear will help me reach my goals in the New Year.
There were plenty of practical and adorable fitness outfits to choose from (have you ever browsed this line? I want it all!), but I wanted to stick to the basics and invest in a nice pair of fleece-lined reflective running tights.
I was instantly drawn to the neon yellow color so I could sport these bad boys on my early morning or nighttime runs in the dark. I have also been in dire need of a new layering compression top. I chose this white long-sleeve top as a base layer.
I love wearing compression tops on runs in the cold. They do a great job of keeping me warm and staying in place.
I paired both with a Target® C9 puffer vest I already had at home and have put all three pieces to great use so far!
C9 by Champion® Puffer Vest
Having a great pair of warm running tights reminded me how important it is to invest in a winter wardrobe. There is beauty in snowfall and wintertime, even if that means I have to run through it to stay active outside.
But, even in the dead of winter, I have never regretted going for a run.
Thank you for gearing me up and helping me tackle my winter running goals, Target®!
Questions of the Morning
• What’s the coldest temperature you have ever gone running in?
• If you live in a place that gets very cold or hot, do you run or participate in outdoor activities year-round?
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.