Many people struggle to find the motivation to go out for a run in the winter. The colder temperatures, a higher chance of rain and shorter daylight hours can make the conditions downright miserable. However, there are ways in which you can make running in the winter a lot less gruelling. Here are just a few tips that could help to make a winter run a lot more rewarding.
Stay warm and dry with the right gear
With the right running gear, you can make winter running much more comfortable. A few pieces of kit that you may want to invest in include a long sleeve training top, a waterproof running jacket, winter running tights, a hat, gloves and some running socks (obviously you’re running shoes too). Such clothing will keep you warm and dry while offering enough ventilation to stop you overheating or getting too sweaty. You can find such clothing at sites like Dash Sport. There are plenty of budget options out there, as well as more pricey trendy options for those that don’t mind spending extra.
Run with other people
Having a running buddy can provide company as you run, which can help to make running more enjoyable. You’ll also be more motivated to commit to the run so that you don’t let down your running buddy. When choosing someone to run with, look for someone of a similar fitness level who you can trust to offer encouragement (you don’t want to be the one dragging them out).
Treat yourself after your run
Giving yourself something to look forward to after your run can help motivate you to commit. This could include a relaxing hot bath, a cup of hot chocolate, a TV binge or simply a nap. Only allow yourself this treat on the condition that you complete your run.
Sign up to local races
Signing up to a couple local races over winter could give you a short-term goal to aim for. This could spur you on to go running so that you get your training in. There are always sponsored races going on in which you can also raise money for a good cause. Look online to find races in your area.
Stick to the treadmill
Running on a treadmill isn’t as exciting as running outdoors for many people, but on a rainy and dark winter’s morning it could be the more appealing option. Even if you’re not running outdoors, you’ll still be able to get your cardio exercise in. There are lots of treadmills on the market, which you can compare here T3. Treadmills aren’t cheap, but there are a growing number of more affordable options on the market. Alternatively, you may be able to find a gym that allows single morning passes.