Some people love a Winter run (personally I prefer to run when it’s cool) and to get out in a bright and frosty winter’s morning is one of life’s pleasures indeed. However, for those of us who prefer to exercise outside we know a lot of it can be cold, wet and dark so here’s some tips to help on the days when you really don’t feel like setting foot out the door!
Getting the footwear right is crucial for your comfort and safety. I like trainers with a waterproof lining which keep my feet clean and dry on the trails and waterproof boots for walking. These only fail if the water comes in over the top but that doesn’t happen often. I recommend getting road trainers with a waterproof lining rather than trail shoes. Trail shoes tend to have lower levels of cushioning which can be very hard on the mix of road / gravel paths we use.
Thin layers are best and remember go out a bit chilly as you will warm up on the walk or run and personally I hate having lots of stuff around my waist! Look after your extremities: hats such as a Waterfowl Hunting hat and gloves can make a big difference to how warm you feel but are easy to take off and tuck in a waistband or up a sleeve as you get going. Keep your stuff lightweight and technical – you don’t want to be weighed down by damp cotton! SE Fitness t shirts or long sleeve tops from £11.50 night time runners remember your hi viz. https://www.sportologyonline.com/collections/se-fitness
Get yourself warm before you start to get the blood flowing so join in the SE Fitness warm up! This is to help avoid injury but also to bring your mind into the moment. Staying safe on the slippery trails / dark pavements requires your concentration.
It’s important to understand what motivates you to get outside especially as sticking to a routine is essential during the Winter months. Do you need to know you’ve got a nice dinner / brunch waiting for you afterwards? Is it the thought of a long hot soak in the bath or a couple of extra biscuits? Perhaps you have signed up for an event so you have no choice but to keep on training? Whatever motivates you it is important you have it ready for the days you don’t feel like it. Remember: getting out the house is the hardest part, you will always feel better once you have done it!
Cool Down and Change
In the winter it’s important not to linger too long in sweaty clothes as you can get chilly again. Cool down, stretch out then change into something dry and enjoy a post run drink (after washing your hands of course)!
Keep well SE Fitness!