Winter Fit with Running. Food. Baby.

WinterFit

Winter Fit is a series where I interview Canadian fitness/outdoors bloggers and get a first hand look into how they stay fit and motivated during the long cold winter months.

This week, we’re talking to Rebecca from Running. Food. Baby. I discovered Rebecca through Sweatpink and I loved that she was also a former sprinter with a track obsession and she also has my dream job!

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Introduce yourself 

I am Rebecca. I am a teacher in Ottawa, Ontario but also coach Cross Country and Track and Field on the side. On top of working, I also train for various road races.

Where do you live and what are your winters like?

I live in Ottawa. Our winters are intense! It can be as cold as -30C and it snows a lot! This past winter, I don’t think the temperature went above 10C for over three months. In my neighbourhood, we have snow piles that are taller than me from December until March and our sidewalks are covered in a layer of ice.

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What are your go-to activities?

Running!  I also like to bike and do weight circuits at the gym. I also like to binge-watch Netflix shows, if that counts…

How do stay motivated in the dark, gloomy winter months to stick to a fitness routine?

You just have to get out there!  On those cold days, you think that running is going to be awful – but as soon as you try, you realize that your body will warm you up and by the time 1K has gone by, you will be toasty warm. It also helps to have a gym membership for those particularly awful days. I tend to only hold a gym membership during the winter months. Many Park and Rec programs offer monthly passes. Also, in some cities, there are indoor track facilities. I live 10 minutes away from a full 400m track, which has come in very handy.

Do you do any winter activities?

Since the birth of my son, winter activities have become a bit harder to do. But, we do like to snowshoe, downhill and cross country ski and skating on the Rideau River. Ottawa is fantastic for winter activities, there are no shortage of fun things to do. Since moving to Ottawa I have participated in many more winter activities. It is fantastic that I only have to drive 20 minutes to the nearest ski hill!

Do you have a healthy comfort food recipe to share?

I make a fantastic butternut squash soup recipe. It really hits the spot and is super easy to make. You can read the reciepe here: http://runningfoodbaby.com/2012/10/butternut-squash-soup/

What advice would you give for someone struggling to get up and moving during the winter when hibernation mode sets in?

Literally just get up and try. It really starts to suck when the days become so short and the winter temperatures make you shiver. But once you get out and move, it really helps beat those winter blues. Find something fun to add on to your workout – have a poutine or beavertail after skating, have a apres ski after skiing, pack a backpack full of fresh cheese and your favorite wine and go snowshoeing. In order to get out there and run, splurge on some winter gear and run with other people! There are also a few winter races in Ottawa that you can sign up for.

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