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.

Today, we’ll be talking to Lucie from Run Mommy Run. I always give mad respect to superstar moms like Lucie who work full time while parenting AND having time to train regularly AND blog about it!

Introduce yourself 

Hi Everyone, Lucie Palka here from I’m a 38 year old mom of 1 who works full time (in I.T.). I started running and working out to loose the baby weight and I haven’t stopped. I’m currently training for a 10 km race, which is the longest distance for me so far!.

Where do you live and what are your winters like?

I live in St. Catharines in Ontario (very close to Niagara Falls). There winters here are quite mild, usually hovering just below 0 C and snow comes and goes through out winter but never seems to accumulate much. I’m originally from Sudbury, Ontario, so I truly appreciate the shorter, milder winters we have in St. Catharines

What are your go-to activities? 

My favorite activity is definitely running. I will do some light weight training and other forms of cardio occasionally, and I try to fit in some yoga here and there for stretching.

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

I don’t like to run when it’s dark so I started training during my lunch hour at work. Because of the extremely cold temperatures we have been having the last several weeks, I go to an indoor gym nearby that has a track, however, when the weather improves, I plan to run outdoors during lunch. 1 hour lunch doesn’t allow for much training if you account for driving time, and dressing/showering, but it is the best alternative for me at the moment. I also run in the mornings on weekends.

Lucie running

Do you do any winter activities?

Right now, the only winter activity I have participated in is skating. I would like to participate in more winter activities but the weather here can be +5C one day, and -5 C the next. Snow and ice don’t stick around long enough, not even for sledding with my 1.5 year old son.

Do you have a healthy comfort food recipe to share?

One of my favorite breakfast foods is oatmeal. I can’t have it completely without sugar, but I reduce the amount of brown sugar I put, sprinkle on some cinnamon, nuts, flax and berries. This also makes a great pre-race breakfast!

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

Think of where you will be 5 months from now if you just get up and move! Don’t hide away all winter long, then be upset with yourself when spring What keeps me motivate to keep training in winter is to sign myself up for a race. For example, I’ve signed myself up for a 10 km race for February 16t. I usually run 5km races, but by challenging myself to a 10 km race, it motivates me to get out here and ensure that I’m physically ready. I’m considering another 10 Km race in May so those 2 races should be enough to push me through the hard winter months.

5 K Obstacle Race


  • Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona February 11, 2015 at 8:00 am

    having goals like Lucie’s 10k races help to keep me motivated too. I love hearing about other Canadian bloggers.

    • Betty LIVIN February 11, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Thanks Fiona! I was hoping this series would help motivate all of us in the great white north.

  • Ray Turner February 11, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Lets all wish Lucie success in the race on 16th Feb.
    And do keep an eye on her blog, as I think she has found a way which will allow us to participate too…!


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