“I feel a little tougher.” Can you relate to this feeling, when you’ve laced up your running shoes and headed out the door for a run in the cold and snow? OK, maybe not every time…but finishing a run in the winter, especially when we’ve pushed ourselves to just get outside and go, indeed can offer a certain kind of sweet satisfaction.

This is what my friend and frequent MRG podcast guest Cassy Stone and me talk about during the most recent episode, which focuses on staying motivated once the temperatures dip, the days get shorter, and getting out of a warm bed to exercise can prove especially challenging. {To listen to this episode, please click on the player at the top of this post. You can also download the show using your favorite podcast app.}

One of MRG’s favorite winter races? The Tahquamenon Snowshoe 10K & 5K at Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Paradise in the U.P. The Great Lakes Endurance event is held each February.

We also share what Michigan Runner Girl readers and listeners think about winter running. (Thanks, everyone, for the great conversation about winter running on the MRG Facebook page last week!)

From smart gear to wear—”there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing choices”—to the importance of having running friends to join you, to the power of signing up for winter races, we cover all aspects of staying inspired to keep moving over the next several months.

Be sure to check out the MRG Winter Running Guide here»

Cassy, riding her bike as part of the Farmland 5K Run and Free for All Bike. This early December race in Traverse City is set for Saturday, Dec. 2 this year.

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