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This has been a LOOOOONG winter, or maybe just February in particular. While we have not been hammered quite as badly here on Cape Cod (compared to the snow in Boston), my seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is in full effect. I am a true New Englander, and I LOVE the seasons (including winter). That being said, I’m officially over this winter and the massive amounts of snow/ice/cold we have endured.

Unfortunately there is no end in sight. I actually prefer not to listen to the weather report any more, lest I hear the dreaded four letter word. Like every other winter– usually in January and February–I find myself feeling kind of depressed. This year we haven’t had much sunshine due to all of the snow, and it’s really wreaking havoc on my mood! Can I get an AMEN?!

Runs have been on the treadmill and definitely not as plentiful as they should be. I feel like a bear in hibernation– stuffing myself and lying around, waiting for spring! The good news is that daily savings time is 13 days a way (not that I’m counting or anything!). I think that the extra hour of daylight is going to be huge for those of us surviving winter 2015 in New England.

Enough wallowing in self-pity though, I’m looking forward to longer days, sunshine, and MUCH more running outside. Yesterday I took a good hard look at my diet for the past month or so and decided to tighten it up–too much eating while stuck inside. I hit the gym and chose a training plan for the Newport 10 Miler.

For the next month or so, I will be increasing mileage and getting back into my regular running routine. I know that mentally it’s the best possible thing I can do for myself. Cutting out the winter emotional eating should help too! Onward to spring! 🙂

How do YOU beat the winter blues? 

Jessica Morrison

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