Honestly, it takes a lot for me to stay in. On Christmas Eve, my friend Jeanne-Marie and I ran 10.5 miles in temperatures that had a "real feel" of -2 degrees. It was cold, that's for sure... but we made it through unscathed. However, yesterday the temperature with the wind chill was down to -42 degrees. Um, NO THANK YOU VERY MUCH! That's too cold even for this bad@ss mother runner.
Thankfully, I have a membership to a nearby gym, Fitness 19. I joined last winter, when I was much less hardcore about running outside and in the dark. I did most of my runs on the treadmill at the gym until it got warm (and light) outside. Let's make this clear: I am not a big fan of the treadmill. I don't hate it with a passion like some people, but I'd much rather run outside. I've found ways to make it tolerable, including running intervals (e.g. 3 minutes hard alternating with 2 minutes easy, repeated x times) and running progressive-style runs (increasing the speed every so often).
I am excited to get back outside tomorrow with my crazy 4:30 AM running friends! Okay, maybe "excited" isn't the best word for how I feel. It's going to be difficult to pull myself out of bed, and it's still going to be around 0 degrees for the windchill. I am just happy that it won't be on the treadmill!