What motivates you to stay active in the winter?

mynextkwraceThe only things hot about this winter are the hot chocolate and the housing market!

When it is cold outside, many find it hard to get out and run, especially if you’re looking for daylight hours.

What keeps you motivated and moving in the winter?

For me, finding a way to balance work and staying active can be a challenge in this busy housing market. To give you an idea, in Waterloo Region, 2016 was a big year for home sales. The average sales price of all residential properties sold in 2016 increased 10.8 percent to $387,404 in comparison to 2015 (based on KWAR MLS stats). And this trend is expected to continue in 2017…

refridgeeMy strategy for running in the cold, dark winter is to be part of a group that will hold me accountable. I’ve met so many great runners through Health and Performance (H+P) that have helped me to achieve my health and fitness goals each year!

Interested in winning a free entry to The Re-Fridgee-Eighter? All you need to do is tell me what keeps you motivated to run throughout the winter. The contest is open now until 9pm on January 17, 2017.

Two participants will be randomly selected to win a free entry to the RunWaterloo Re-Fridgee-Eighter. Anyone is eligible – even if you’ve already registered, you will be credited with a free entry to a future event. Comment on this post, or tweet or facebook me.


  • Vicki Zandbergen January 11, 2017 1:34 pm

    Spring race goals!

    • Michael Hewitson January 11, 2017 2:31 pm

      Any goal races in mind for 2017?

      • Vicki Zandbergen January 12, 2017 10:40 am

        Chilly Half and Boston Marathon.

  • Paul Belanger January 11, 2017 2:58 pm

    Not letting all my hard work go to waste by slowing down for the winter, just to work extra hard in the spring to get back to the place I was in before the winter.

    • Michael Hewitson January 11, 2017 3:01 pm

      Thanks Paul! I agree!

  • Adam Duncan January 11, 2017 3:54 pm

    25k Sulphur Springs in May… and I’ll be on a beach in Mexico in March. 🙂 both driving me to keep it going

    • Michael Hewitson January 11, 2017 4:01 pm

      Amazing!! Lots to look forward to!

  • Joyce Young January 13, 2017 2:17 am

    I love the winter. I love the change of seasons and the crispness of a cold morning. I love being the only runner on the trails in the morning.

  • Kristin howard January 17, 2017 4:07 pm

    Making it through until spring and finishing my goal race (the Chilly half marathon). Running during the winter makes it so much more bearable.

    • Michael Hewitson January 17, 2017 5:00 pm

      Nothing worse than regretting your fitness when the weather improves 🙂

  • Brandi Dowe January 17, 2017 4:42 pm

    Too much time spent inside in the winter! I can’t wait to get outside in the fresh air for my runs!

    • Michael Hewitson January 17, 2017 5:02 pm

      Even if it hurts your face sometimes, if you like it, you LOVE it!!

  • Emily Baetz January 17, 2017 4:53 pm

    I like to tell myself that if I can make it out to run on the hard days in the cold and snowy winter, then I’ll have no excuses when the weather gets nice.

    • Michael Hewitson January 17, 2017 5:03 pm

      On a nice day in the early spring, you’ll see someone bundled up and you *know* that they didn’t run outside over the winter 😉

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