The weather recently has kept many of us indoors more than we like. Thank goodness for the few studios staying open and availability of online workouts! As many of you know, I am training for the Boston Marathon. To stay injury free, it’s super important for me to take yoga classes one or two times a week. It really helps alleviate hip and knee pain from running so many damn miles, especially when done on a treadmill. If you have lower back pain from shoveling, yoga may help with that as well.

My marathon training program is very scheduled but it’s important to stay flexible with this weather. While my longs runs are usually on Fridays, I’ll swap my weekend yoga class with my long run if Friday’s weather looks cold and snowy and Saturday is sunny and dry. With over 7 feet of snow in the past 3 weeks, many of these yoga sessions have been moved to the comfort of my own living room rather than in a studio.

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Staying Motivated During The Snowmagedeon/Snowpolocolypse/SnOWMYGOD Winter

People keep asking me on Instagram how I stay motivated through it all. The simple answer is that I signed up for the biggest marathon in the world (in my opinion) and I’m 9 weeks away from race day. I am determined to be in the best shape of my life when the gun goes off on April 20th. A little (or a lot) of snow is not going to get in a way of training. While you don’t have to sign up for a marathon, I have found that picking a late Spring race is the best way to keep yourself motivated to workout in the winter. I always like to take on a new challenge to keep things interesting.

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Staying flexible with your workouts is important. During the month, things get in the way – weather, lack of sleep, getting sick, pms, travel… It’s how you deal with them that keeps you on target to reach your goal. If the planned workout is not happening, give yourself at least one to two rest days a week (if you are already active like me). I like to rest on the weekend but if I miss two workouts during the week, I’ll fit in something on Saturday and Sunday.

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