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I will be the first to admit, I don’t like being outside in the cold… like ever. I like it less when I need to run in the cold because for me it takes quadruple the amount of motivation to get outside, let alone get dressed when it’s cold outside. CA actually inspired me to share these tips, since he is running outside currently and does cross training indoors. Even though running in the summer months isn’t necessarily ideal with the humidity in NY but I can wake up as the sun is rising, therefore, it’s not that humid, well usually that’s how it’ll work out. Let’s get back to winter running, and how to get out there when you’re training is calling for a run. Also, I know this is a personal preference thing as well, some people can run on the treadmill for most or all training runs but CA isn’t one of them. Especially with his knee acting up, running outside and running on different surfaces will hopefully allow his training to continue. Onto the tips!
- Schedule Races: Usually when you’re training during the winter time it means there is a big race or goal that you’re working towards. Whether it’s a half marathon (like CA), or maybe the Boston Marathon (I have a few friends who are currently training for this amazing race). I’ve always felt like having a race that has a similar distance to your training plan can help evaluate where you are in your training plan. I like having races planned throughout a training plan, it’s a goal within a goal, you can work towards your main goal and work towards smaller ones too!
- Group Runs: CA usually runs with a group at least once a month, sometimes more depending on his/our schedule. Running in a group can be more motivating, because you’re meeting other people, like an appointment, and since other people are running you’re all in it together! Over the summertime, I usually run with a few women or at least scheduled to run the same races as them.
- Clothes! Nothing is more motivating to me than buying new clothes and working out in them. Especially during the winter time, the right clothes and layers are essential to completing runs properly. Depending on where your winter is, it can be a mild 60 degrees or 20 degrees or even colder! They say to dress 10-20 degrees “warmer” because after you warm up and begin running you’ll be properly dressed without overheating no matter how cold it is. Usually, I dress to the 20 degrees warmer because I sweat quickly and easy so with too many layers I sweat more and end up removing layers which can also result in getting sick.
- Cross Training: Like I mentioned above, CA recently go into cross training to help when he wasn’t running with his knee injury. He’s also learned to do yoga, and really make sure he stretches so that his knee won’t give him any more problems. Plus if you can’t run outside because of snow or maybe you’re in a time crunch, you can always cross train at home. We’re also looking into getting a treadmill for our future home so when we do want to run we don’t need to leave the house!
- Weekly Challenges: I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, challenges are a great way to stay motivated. They don’t have to be huge challenges, maybe it’s running at least 3 times that week, or running 3 minutes and walking only 1 minute. It could also be eating healthier, drinking more water, literally anything that will motivate you, use that to challenge yourself to meet each goal you set for yourself. You can also enter the amazing sweepstakes that Michelob ULTRA is hosting right now! They’re hosting a 95,000 Fitness Experience Sweepstakes to help individuals reach their fitness goals. How cool is that?! They’re encouraging people to live fit and still have fun, no better way to live life right? Enter the giveaway here!
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