The Winter Running Doldrums

I received a shirt from Allied Shirts to review, but all opinions are my own.

Y’all, the winter blahs have set in. It’s cold (SO COLD). It’s dry, it’s sometimes snowy, sometimes windy.

Who’s idea was it to run a half marathon in January?!

Oh yeah. MINE.

But it’ll be fine, because it’s in Disney World, so it’ll probably be 70 degrees and I’ll be sweating as soon as I start running. But right now? Right now is training.

My last half didn’t go so well, and I really, really want this one to go better. I’ve been training for three months already (virtually) with Team in Training, and have a month until the race.

My treadmill and I have become good, good, friends, y’all.

But. Sometimes, I really don’t want to hang out with the treadmill, especially for longer than an hour.

It doesn’t like coffee OR cocktails. What kind of friend is that?

My motivation comes from different places…Brad Pitt in Moneyball on the TV in front of me, an overly emotional Parenthood episode, a bowl of ice cream waiting for me after I’m done running, a huge honor from Mamavation that makes me want to keep trying to be healthy and inspire people by getting my running shoes on when I really don’t want to, an awesome shirt that I can design with a running mantra of my choosing*.


Because seriously, do I want to get out of my warm bed or comfy chair and run when it’s cold and gloomy outside? No. Not at all. I’d much rather read or watch TV or eat or drink hot tea. But do I know that I’ll regret not sticking to my plan when the whole Disney race is a struggle to finish or my pants no longer fit? YES. So I do it.

But, like I said, sometimes it takes a little push (or a big one). Sometimes it take humor, and sometimes inspiration, and sometimes just discipline.

Other sayings** for my shirt could have been:

Tell me this is worth it.

I love running. I hate running. I love running. I hate running….

Am I there yet?

Are my children still behind me?


I made my shirt on, and the hardest part of the process was deciding on my design. (I’m a Libra, what can I say?) It was easy to change fonts, add text, find pictures. If I HAD a design, I could’ve just uploaded it. Which would make them perfect for a sports team, or running partners during a race, or any situation that calls for your very own personalized shirt. And I got my shirt fast, so I could start running away from the zombies right away. Zombies like cold weather, right?

What do you do when you need motivation? And what would YOUR custom shirt say?

*Thanks to Kendra for suggesting this saying on my Facebook page!

**And thanks to everyone else for helping me think of something to write on my shirt, with your awesome suggestions. If only I could make ten more…


14 Responses to The Winter Running Doldrums

  1. Alison says:

    What a cute t-shirt! Maybe if I have one, I'll pick my butt off the chair and start running too 🙂

  2. Tara says:

    I've been catching up on the past seasons of HIMYM and am wondering what I will watch when that is all done. But, I feel you with the weather and how not fun it is to be on the treadmill. I like to channel Dory from Finding Nemo. Just keep running, just keep running. 🙂

  3. Barbara says:

    The shirt is super cute!! You are going to have so much fun at Disney!

  4. Priscilla says:

    Oh man, there are so many good sayings out there but I think I would maybe put "I am worth it" on my shirt. That is my go to mantra when I am out running and it starts to get hard.

  5. Leighann says:

    What a great shirt! An inspiration… I need something like that to keep me motivated to walk.

  6. I love the shirt. And Brad Pitt 🙂

  7. Elaine A. says:

    Ha ha! I had to laugh at your second one since I also have a love/hate relationship with running! And it's WAY too cold here to run lately so I can only imagine it there – ACK!

  8. Lady Jennie says:

    You are a hero and deserve that bowl of ice cream at the end.

    So glad you get to go to Disney and run in nice weather. You deserve that too! 😉

  9. KeelyF says:

    Zombies. YES! Mine would be something like- Did I miss the tamale cart? Is it still up ahead?

  10. about100percent says:

    I love it! Motivation for me is always key to getting up off the couch. I'm not sure what my shirt would say. How about "I'm usually a lot lazier than this" or "I got paid a million dollars to run this race. What did you get?" or "Who wants to trade places with me right now?"

    Running in Disney will be awesome. Not a bad thing to look forward to

  11. Ilene Evans says:

    Running in the cold is not on my list of favorite things to do. The weather has been on my side since I moved south but Thanksgiving in NJ yielded 20 degree weather that I will be facing again in a few weeks when we go up for Christmas. I am not sure what I'd want on my shirt- but I have to tell you – I absolutely love yours!

  12. That shirt is AWESOME. You are such a rockstar and an inspiration. I'm so glad that you kept counting after you reached 500. You are knockin' this year OUT OF THE PARK. 😉

  13. sarahlou1976 says:

    You've just reminded me I need to do my shirt review.
    Good luck with the training for the half

  14. @klwschmidt says:

    Love the shirt! Best wishes with the half and the training! I keep saying I'm going to train for a race, but have yet to do so 🙁