For lots of us, the weather just took a turn from fall to winter this week. I am never ready for the huge drop in temps and it certainly takes me a few weeks to adapt. For my birthday last week, my trainer gave me a “reminder list” of sorts to help keep me up and running all winter long. Today, I am sharing some of his Winter Running Tips with you.
Winter Running Tips
Don’t skip the warmup
Allow 5-10 minutes of dynamic movements and light stretches. In colder weather, the warm ups are much more important to avoid any pulls. Confession: I rarely do warm ups.
If you break during long runs, always do a little light stretching before resuming your run. Your body will cool down much faster in the colder temps.
Ice, Ice Baby
The colder weather brings harder ground surfaces and more abuse to your body. Be sure to increase your post run icing and foam rolling. Icing and stretching before a warm bath or shower is best.
Every breath you take
Cold temps also bring thinner air which is much harder to breath while running. Use your face wrap to warm the air as it enters your lungs.
Mix it Up
Use the off season from racing to mix up your runs a bit. Don’t focus so much on your pace rather use this season to try different types of runs. Add in shorter & faster runs or longer & slower runs.
Listen to your body and know when you need to take a day off so that you are ready for the spring racing season.
Most of my previous running injuries have occurred in the winter months. I am determined to stay healthy and happily running this winter. How about you?
Do you run outside all winter? What are your winter running tips?