We are half way through winter and the weather didn’t waste anytime getting cold, wet and rainy this year. There have been some absolutely FREEZING days and more rain than I can remember for a while.
Luckily I lurrrrrrrve winter running. I don’t even mind the odd run in the rain. Once the temperature starts to creep over 20degrees (celsius) my running slows so this is a great time of year for running.
Yes I miss daylight and yes I don’t like being cold when I’m not running and I absolutely HATE wind but there is a lot to be enjoyed about Winter:
-> Electric blankets – a warm toastie bed, what more could you want?
-> Hot showers and trackies after a run
-> Hot drinks, blankets and snuggles
-> Soups, stews and slow cooked meals
If you ask me Winter is good for the soul.
As for running there are some adjustments to make to survive and stay motivated in the cooler weather. Here are my top 5 winter running tips:
1. Layer. Put on any amount of clothes you need to so that you can get out the door but just make sure you can peel them off because once you get going you’ll be ready to ditch them. If you aren’t running with a pram and don’t have somewhere to stash your unwanted layers plan your warm up around your block so you can drop anything off before you head off on the rest of your run.
2. Gloves. Not sure if its just me but my hands can get so cold in winter I have trouble bending my fingers around the steering wheel! Gloves are a must. I know gloves and a running singlet can look odd but hey I’m willing to commit a fashion crime if it means I can use my hands after my run.
3. Turn the heater off before you go. When you get home you will be grateful you did. I can never imagine it when I’m leaving home but walking into a heated house after a run is like walking into a sauna.
4. Rug back up. If you are finishing your run out and about make sure you have a jacket on hand. Once you stop you will be warm at first but all the sweat in the cold air will have you freezing in no time.
5.Adjust your warm up. It takes your muscles longer to warm up in the cooler weather so you need to increase your warm up accordingly to prevent injury. The colder the weather and the faster I intend to go the longer the warm up. For me an easy run in warm weather only needs a 5 minute warm up but an interval session on a cold day may need 15minutes.
Happy Winter Running!