Friday, December 10, 2010


HTFU: it's a phrase that I keep seeing thrown around on a triathlon board I frequent. For the longest time, I was in the dark, because I had no idea what it meant. Then somebody else asked.

Harden the f*** up.

This morning, I dropped my kids off for a sit and came home to get ready for my run. I mentioned to my husband (who was working from home) that I was thinking of running at the track. It was -17c (1f) outside. He kind of questioned why. He reminded me that I had all the clothes I needed to run outside and every time I do it, I feel like it wasn't so bad afterwards. Every time.

So, as I went upstairs to consider which clothes to wear (based on an indoors or outdoors run), I realized something.

I live in Canada. I'm planning on doing a race on Dec 31, and a triathlon that may be bloody cold. I love running outside, and I'm not interested in quitting every September so that I can start from scratch the next spring. I'm also not interested in doing long runs at the track and the treadmill makes me shudder.


(It was one of my best runs in a long time.)


  1. -17 is not cold, not particularly, not in Calgary. Yes, you need to be careful dressing, but that's not a reason to not do it. I'll tell you a secret. Go run or work outside at -40 for a while and you'll never complain about anything warmer. I'm more likely to bail on a run that's warm enough to get a fresh layer of thin ice on the path. I hate that.

    Good for you for getting out and doing it.

  2. The hardest part is always getting out the door. (: Glad you had a great run!!

  3. OMG. You. Are. My. Hero.

    I need to HTFU!

    nuff said :)

  4. Australian co worker uses that all the time. HTFU, only surpassed by STFU (Shut the ....)

  5. Haha that's awesome!!!!! Love that term!
    I agree- I prefer the cooler temps than +309C!! And the layer of ice on the sidewalks sucks! I hope its better by Sunday!

  6. -17, nope I am pure dee mush!!!