No doubt the winter is the hardest time to continue your training. Although warmer temperatures are starting to show up in the US, there are still some cold days ahead. Here are a few suggestions to help you get out and run.
- Set a goal. Pick a reason to run. It may be a race in the spring or simply a time goal. You need to run for something other than to keep you skinny. It's too cold and too dreary not to have an motivating goal in mind.
- Get out early. You don't want to hear this, but get up and get it done. If you leave it until the end of the day, you'll have all day to think of an excuse not to get out. After running early you will feel great the rest of the day because no matter what happens that day, you'll at least had a good run. Morning is also a time that doesn't interfere with the rest of the family. Most of the time they never even knew you were gone.
- Go shopping. Treat yourself to some new running gear. Buy things that make your winter runs more comfortable. Winter is the best time to buy as well because everything is going on sale to prepare for the spring gear. Set a goal that a certain amount of miles earns you a prize. 100 miles gets you a new jacket or 50 miles some new socks.
- Cross-train. Adding some variety to your training will keep you excited and get you in much better shape. Avoid the cold weather and take advantage of indoor facilities. Look into what else you can do. For example, swimming is great activity to improve your flexibility, strength and general fitness and is not weather dependent. Make sure to work out and strengthen that all-important core.
- Wrap up Layer, layer, layer. Make sure you wear the proper gear for the weather ahead. Check the temperatures and forecast before you head out. Walk out the door and check, you'd be amazed how much better you dress if you check outside first. It's always better to wear too much than to go out too light. You can always wrap a jacket around your waist.
- Train with a friend. This is great for companionship or for rivalry, or both! Using a running partner will keep both of you motivated. You can check each other’s performances and and chat along the way. You are much less likely to miss a session if you have planned to go with a friend.