It's cold, wet, snowing, raining or windy. You don't want to run. You'd rather stay inside and snuggle up in front of the fire, right?
We know how difficult it can be to get yourself out the door when the weather is awful. But don't worry, you can rely upon us for the help in keeping you motivated. Here are some great tips to get you out there, to make running easier during the cold and help you to maintain your running routine during the winter months.
Make A Date
We aren't suggesting you to go onto Tinder, but it's not so easy to get out of a pre-arranged agreement with other people. In the event that you know you are meeting another person to keep running with you; you're less inclined to back out of your run.
You could consider:
- Find a running partner. This could be a friend or another runner you know.
- Join an existing running group in your area.
- Set up your own running group if there isn't one you can join.
Dress For The Occasion
It's really important to ensure you wear clothes that will protect you from the elements. Not only this will make running more enjoyable but will also prevent you from getting ill.
- Dress like it's 20 degrees warmer than it actually is. If you are too warm, you are at risk from catching a chill when you sweat.
- Always wear warm up jackets to protect you from all weathers. Good warm up jackets will keep you warm and wick sweat.
- Make sure your winter running shoes have the least amount of mesh as possible. Then your feet will stay warm and the wet will stay out.
Give Your Feet A Treat
Looking after your feet during the winter months is essential. Remember your feet take a lot of pressure when you are running so make sure you protect them.
- Wear socks that wick away any wetness but still keep your feet toasty and warm. Make sure your socks aren't too thick and fit well inside your winter running shoes.
- Soak your feet after your run in some warm water and some essential oils such as peppermint.
- If your feet do get wet and appear a bit red, use a blister cream before the run and after you have soaked them. If the problem persists you may need to consider investing in a new pair of winter running shoes.
Warm Up First
To help get you motivated and give you a bit of energy to get outdoors, you could try some of these warm-ups just before your run. You won't have to wear your warm up jackets either.
- Do half an hour of housework to get your energy and heart rate into action.
- Run, up & down the stairs a couple of times.
- Try skipping for 15 minutes or doing 30 minutes of some gentle yoga exercises.
Reward Yourself After The Run
Promise yourself something as a reward after you have completed your run. It will help you to keep going, as you think of that treat waiting for you back at home.
- Reward yourself with a sweet treat afterwards.
- Allow yourself a glass of wine or a beer that evening.
- Unwind on the sofa when you get home and watch T.V or call a friend.
Don't Let The Winter Months Ruin Your Running Routine. You Can Do This!