Thursday, January 26, 2012

Winter Zoot Give Away

I am spoiled in that it is January and close to 80 degrees outside. However, I understand that in much of the country it currently looks like this:

Thanks to Justin Mezzell for this illustration.

I also understand that in winter when it is dark, snowy, cold, etc. it can be quite difficult to drag oneself out from under the covers in the morning to fit in a workout. Zoot to the rescue!

Leave a comment on your favorite thing about winter training - whether it be seeing freshly fallen snow on the ground, or the lack of tourists on a cold east coach beach while running. One winner will be chosen at random to receive the above Zoot 1/4-Zip Shirt. I understand it is pink, and size medium. If this isn't you thing you can still win - think how fun it will be to give it as a gift to someone you love!! Contest open through Tuesday, January 31.

46 comments:

GoBigGreen said...

Hmm, THIS winter my favorite thing is that up until about 2 weeks ago we had clear roads for riding and running. NOW my favorite thing is seeing the Mississippi frozen as I run along the River path. Oh and my next favorite is that winter means i get to go to FLA or MExico. ha:)
My least favorite? Windchills below zero that make you cry ( really they do)

Christi said...

My favorite thing is when the weather clears for a day and I finally get to run with my dog again. The pure unadulterated excitement that she shows when running through fresh snow is so catching. I just want to run like her and enjoy every moment.

cheryl said...

My favorite thing about running in the winter is that I can run on my trails and they feel like a whole new world versus how they feel in spring, summer or fall. Every season is a new experience, and its so quiet, and beautiful. love it.

Sarah said...

I live in Boston. In the summer it gets very hot and humid, so I have to get up very early in the morning to get my workouts in. One thing I do love about the winter is that I can do my workouts anytime during the day (that is, of course, if I haven't been snowed in!)

Mandi Runs said...

i love the 80* weather instead of 120*!!! oh az, how i love you!!

Christie said...

I actually have hated every winter until now. Running right after it has snowed is amazing:)

Niki said...

I love running through fresh snow when I'm the only set of footprints. I feel like a total badass since I'm the only one tough enough to handle it.

Kjerstin said...

My favorite thing is night cross country skiing on fresh snow. Everything is beautiful and there is a remarkable stillness and silence in the woods. The sense of peace is amazing.

Ana-Maria RunTriLive said...

Winter is my favorite season for running. I love, love, love running in the cold temps and fresh snow. While I don't always have an easy time getting out, once I get out there I feel amazing both physically and mentally.

J. L. said...

Favorite winter training: the good runs in the snow. When it's not too cold, not too windy, and NO ice. I just love how quiet everything is after a new snow. Coming home and refueling with hot chocolate is also a perk.

SSB said...

my favorite thing about winter training is that I don't have to do it. Love listening to everyone else talk about getting bundled up and remembering there is a reason I live in Hawaii! But I'd get a LOT of wear out of that top. It still gets 'cold' here!

ZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz said...

THIS winter, my favorite thing is that I AM BACK TO RUNNING...after I gave birth to my son No.2.

BUT ...what I miss about running in cold and snow is when i come home cold and wet, and take shower and put warm clothes...Hmmmmm, that is the feeling.

Raquel said...

I love how the winter is more like fall here in St Augustine. Running in the cool air is amazing ! I wish it would snow though.... That would be a whole new experience for me.

Matt and Jessie said...

I love the silence of a cold, early morning workout. When there is no one around and you simply hear your footsteps. It is surreal.

Kiki said...

What is there not to love, one day torrential downpours for my long run, two days later 80 degrees on the bike. Not to mention all the nice people you meet out riding who are here to escape real winter and remind us how amazing we have it. Oh and have you seen how awesome the ocean looks this week!

Missy said...

Since I live in AZ I can't comment on snow but I do love the fresh crispness in the early morning air.

Lisa said...

I love 2 things (Bostononian here)....

1) The smack of the cold weather that dries up the salt from a long run.

2) The looks of the drivers who pass me when I'm running in the middle of a snow event.

ali said...

You know what I love about training in the winter???
KNOWING SUMMER WILL BE HERE SOON:))!!!

katymoe said...

My favorite thing about winter training is Running in the mornings with all my crazy friends when it's freezing, dark, and foggy...we all have lights (even our dogs) and we watch the dog lights bounce around the fields while we run our tempos and intervals. These runs also frequently end with HOT coffee and a beautiful sunrise! Can't beat that!

Rachel Wasserman said...

i love the way the sunlight look in the winter as it pours through the naked branches of the trees.

(i also love not overheating all the time...)

Angela and David said...

My favorite thing about winter running is the hot shower after it's over!

solarpowered said...

When the air is so crisp you can hear it crackle with each warm breath, when the road is covered with slick ice that begs you to pay attention to every step, when you're the only person running outside while your friends all talk of hitting the treadmill, there is a sense of empowerment and peace. I love feeling as though I'm the only one who knows the secret of this kind of run -- and yet I know there are people all over the cold areas of our world who can completely understand what I'm saying.

ONEHOURIRONMAN said...

My favorite thing about winter training is.... it's dark out. So when I go out for a run in my pink Zoot shirt (mine are all full zipper) strangers I run across during the run dont cross the street to avoid me because of my love of pink...

Sarah Jarvis said...

My favorite thing about winter training here in Flagstaff is knowing that the air is crisp, and clean. The sky is usually bright blue and the sun out in full force. So even though it might only be 30 degrees, it feels more like 45 and I am in heaven!

Ashley said...

My favorite thing about winter training is only seeing other runners out on the trail. In the summer, our pedestrian paths are crowded with cyclists, strollers, walkers, etc. In the winter, it's just the runners braving the cold, and it's a great sense of camaraderie out there.

Caroline said...

The best thing about winter training - too many to count. But I would have to say that having hot chocolate as a recovery drink (and a way to warm up) is one of them. Another would be the fact that the whole race season is right in front of you, unblemished, and you're free to totally dream about having the perfect race and the training you do right now could make that a reality.

Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

My hot pink zoot top has been keeping me warm in some crazy climates this winter. So far I've run in Tahoe (8 degrees) and Toronto (probably around zero with the wind chill) and i would have run in Seattle this weekend but the snow on the ground was making the sidewalks too treacherous.

Unknown said...

running when the air is crisp, when your running partner and you are chatting and you can see your breath hanging in the air, sometimes the rain (here on the west coast of canada) and yes, definitely the shower afterwards!

Jennifer said...

My favorite thing about winter training is getting up in the morning and heading out in the dark for a run and all you hear is the snow that crunches and squeaks under your feet as you run.

Megan said...

I love going out on a run in the dark and rain and passing another runner and a nod or wave is exchanged and you both know that nothing, including the weather will stop us. It's like those who train outside during the winter are in this unspoken club. :)

mmmonyka said...

I don't like winter, I'm always cold but since winter is kinda inevitable around here I love xc skiing!!! Great xtraining. And love downhill skiing as well. Yay!

marian said...

most winter days here are grey and wet, so when we get a bright sunny clear day, i am over the moon. such days immediately become run-days.

ADC said...

My favourite thing during winter is thinking of coming over to SoCal to see some amazing people :)))

Hugh said...

I love the quite rides on Cape with no traffic, views of the water through the trees, and best of all no humidity.

Nitsirk said...

My favorite thing about running in the winter is the squeak of the snow under my feet when it is really cold. I also love running when the sun makes all the snow-covered fields sparkle. It feels like running in a fairy tale :)

Shevaun said...

My favorite thing about winter running is how the snow muffles all sounds.

Cathleen Knutson said...

I love that I get to see the sunrise toward the end of my morning workouts. It's like a little reward for finishing tough.

carly said...

I have two favorites about winter training. First, for the bike, I love being on the trainer and seeing some major gains in fitness. I know not everyone enjoys the trainer, but I love how hard you can push in a little amount of time and see some huge fitness gains before getting back on the road in the spring. :)

I love winter running; getting in your run early when the sun is still starting to rise, is the best. Well, that and going for coffee after!!

Aimee said...

My favorite thing about winter training here in CO is being able to run an freshly fallen snow one day and 60 degree weather the next! :)

Irongirl said...

My favorite winter training: a long snow mountainbike tour with a red noise and then a short snow run at moonlight :) After cold training a hot chocolate and read the new blog from Charisa for more motivation :)

Elizabeth said...

Favorite thing about winter, is seeing my foot print in the snow especially when doing out and back, a lot more interesting when my running partner runs with me and she has on her vibram. Picking the foot print out using the lights from out lamps keep us entertained.

JV said...

Running my 11 mile hilly loop on Sundays at 7am with friends when it's consistently below 20 degrees . Nothing beats the feeling post run and the awesome sleep on Sunday nights!

Kathrin said...

I love that we have a mild winter this year so far in South Carolina... But what I love about winter training is, that I just can breath so much easier without the humidity.

kT said...

I second the comment about silence: I love running in or right after a snowstorm, when the snow just dampens any sounds, and cars are too afraid to be out in it. Although our winter here in the northeast has not been snowy enough for my liking so far. . . OK, you can all thank me when we get hammered because I just said that.

Robyn said...

Running on freshly fallen snow at sunrise. To be surrounded by pureness and stillness and cold (but not frigid) air. The crazy looks from the few drivers who pass by or people out shoveling are an added bonus. I'm not sure if it is because I am out there running or if it is because I am out there running and visibly pregnant.

EETveggies said...

rosey cheeks and the smell of a fireplace burning in the distance!