By Brandi Moody of Blonde Coffee Mom
When cold weather hits, it is hard to get motivated to get out and run. Fall and Spring make it easy with the sunny, cool days, but once that cold weather comes, runners find it hard to get out.
Here are 7 tips to keep you running during the winter:
Watch the Weather — This seems like an obvious choice, but the number of people who do not watch the weather would surprise you. At the beginning of each week, look to see which days have the best running temperatures, plan to run on those days, and stick to it. It is good to go into each week with a plan.
Have the right cold gear — Nothing makes a run more terrible than not having the right clothes. The must-have items for a cold run are a beanie or ear warmers, gloves, a long-sleeved top, leggings and/or shorts, and a jacket. For more detailed options, click here.
Put a small heater by your bed — No one wants to get out of bed on a cold morning. Keep a small heater next to your bed. This will keep the space below your bed, where your feet and legs first hit, warm. If you would rather, keep warm while you change by placing the heater there.
Warm up before you head outdoors — Do a dynamic warm-up, indoors, before you head out for your run. This gets your blood flowing, which in turn warms up your body temperature. It will help ease that harsh feeling of cold when you first step outside. See below for a good, quick, dynamic warm-up.
Bring a friend — This might be thrown around a lot in the running world, but it is so true. There is nothing more motivating than accountability. Some of the best runs happen when you are with someone. You forget you are running and enjoy just being outside.
Enjoy the bragging rights of being a winter warrior — You know it feels good to say, “Yep, I just finished a run in near-freezing temps!” You did it, so you get to brag about it!
Set a spring schedule — Write down a goal for the spring. Whether it is a pace goal or race goal, write it down. This will help you get out the door or onto the treadmill. Because: you know as well as I do…you will not hit your goals without working at it.