Posted February 18, 2012 by Jen Haydt
Are freezing temperatures putting a damper on your winter workouts? You’re not alone; even elite athletes work hard to battle the elements. But don’t let the weather get you down! Here are my favorite
tips for fighting the wintertime blues:
Lose the Watch
If it’s too cold to hit your goal pace, don’t sweat it. Lose the watch and run by feel. Let your effort dictate the pace and enjoy the workout.
Switch to Afternoon Workouts
Early morning is the coldest time of day. If possible, try running after work instead. The temperature should rise about 10 degrees, which makes a big difference!
Wear the Right Clothes
Wearing gloves, a beanie or headband, running tights and a warm top can be the difference between a miserable and pleasant running experience. Keeping your body warm makes it easier to relax and enjoy the workout.
If you’re worried about getting warmed up, don’t! There’s a simple solution: shower before you head out the door. The warm water will loosen stiff muscles and prepare your body for running.
When you have a hard time getting out the door, remember the winter is only for a season. Once you get going, your body will warm up and you’ll be glad you decided to run.
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