It can be hard to convince yourself that going for a run is a good idea when it’s dark and miserable outside, and warm and cosy inside. So we’ve asked running experts Phoebe and Nick, from coaching website Runningwithus, how to stay on top of training this winter.
In the first of three blog posts, they share their top winter running tips:
1. Be seen, be safe
- Wear high-visibility clothing so you stand out in the dark.
- Run with company. If you’re worried about dark evening runs on your own, consider joining a running group or setting up some buddy sessions. You’re far more likely to leave the front door if you have a running rendezvous planned! There really are so many running groups out there these days. Try asking on the RunLounge community
2. Find inspiration
- Set a big spring goal to keep you motivated through the winter. And also set lots of smaller goals throughout the winter weeks to keep you motivated. Running club cross-country leagues and 5km park runs are ideal for this.
- Avoid simply recreating your summer training on the treadmill. Instead, mix up your training according to what the winter season has to offer. Hill sessions, trail runs and cross country races keep things interesting.
- Remember your reason for running – if you’re raising money for charity, draw on this during those difficult miles to keep you going.
3. Try alternative training
- Try the treadmill if you really can’t train outside. Running outside is always best but the treadmill is a good alternative if conditions are too dangerous to run.
- Hit the cross trainer. It’s a great alternative and addition to the constant impact of running. It will keep you fit and strong in the warmth of the indoors!
- Swim, cycle, and row to keep you in tip top condition.
4. Dodge those winter colds
- Get warm immediately after finishing your run. Remove sweaty base layers immediately and put on warm, dry clothing.
- Always eat within 20 minutes of finishing every run or training session. This is especially important in the winter where your immune system is lowered and there are plenty of germs about.
Embrace the magic moments and challenges the winter can bring. Running through the frost in the park, seeing your own breath, watching the mist lifting, splashing through the puddles, making the first footprints in the snow and that warm glow as you return to the indoors, knowing you’re a real runner who runs come rain or shine!