Winter Running Blues
Make winter running a bit better with these tips
Winter running isn’t all sucky like some of us make it out to be.
With a little bit of planning, we can make the most out of the whole winter running experience.
What most people would call a challenge - the cold temps, the shorter days of sun, and less-than-ideal weather - I think it’s all an opportunity that can be overcome and, I believe, will make you a stronger, more resilient runner.
Running in the winter can be very rewarding and more importantly will set you up for some very big spring racing goals you have.
The best thing I can suggest is to layer appropriately and anticipate the first 5-10 minutes to be on the cold side. If you’re in moisture-wicking gear, you’ll get eventually get warm and the sweat won’t sit on your body making you cold. Just know that you’ll warm up as you get going into your run, so you don’t need to be super warm right from the first step.
Running in the dark can be a scary thought for many - and for good reason - but you can set yourself up for some decent runs if you do some planning. Personally, I’ve found that a head lamp and a light up “vest” keep me seen even in the darkest of mornings. I also do my best to run in areas that aren’t isolated.
If Carly and I had a bit more space, we definitely would have a treadmill. That alone would help offset any dangers of running really early or really late.
When the weather turns for the worst, there are a few things you can do to make the most of the situation. If I needed to, I would join a gym for the days when I just didn’t feel like running in the inclement weather. Or, I would switch up workout days (like Tim and I did this week) to avoid potentially bad weather. If you don’t have to run, I’d switch it up for a cross training day like biking, elliptical, yoga, or some other kind of workout.
Despite these potential challenges, winter running can be really rewarding. When you get your winter miles in, you can set yourself up for a really good spring and summer of training.
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