Running and Winter. Two words that don’t always go well together – they definitely trigger memories of being forced by PE teachers to run laps in the snow on a Monday morning! However there are ways to enjoy running in the colder season! Since becoming a distance runner, I have learned many ways to stay motivated during winter runs.
An important one for me is to be wearing the right gear; as someone who feels the cold very easily, layering is vital to stay warm. A thick pair of running leggings and a breathable jacket are perfect to help me stay warmer and more motivated to face the cold temperatures. If I’m feeling good in what I’m wearing, that will always help me to have a good run.
As I enter this winter, my focus is training for my next marathon. Having that in the spring-time is definitely something that will motivate me to carry on through the darker months as there is a schedule to stick to and an end-goal in sight. I’m not saying you need to sign up to a marathon (only if you want to!) but having any sort of goal to work towards is always effective. When the dark evenings loom and stepping out for a run is the last thing you want to do, remind yourself of the goal you’ve set and how great you’ll feel afterwards knowing you’re another step closer to smashing that target.
Leading on from the previous point, something that always helps me stay motivated in the winter and especially with training, is running with friends. Having others there to spur you on can be much better than facing the dark mornings alone – although that being said, I do love to run solo, but it can prove harder in the winter. Joining a running club or having a running buddy means there will be someone to keep you accountable for training, and it’s a great way to stay social.
Staying motivated can be hard, so be easy on yourself during the winter. Resting is important too – remember to not push yourself too much! Hopefully these tips will help you as much as they’ve helped me.