11 Winter Adjustments Runners Should Make

You have to be prepared if you want to avoid setbacks


Running outside in the winter may sound like an extreme sport or a crazy endeavor, but, in reality, it’s one of the most pleasant jogging experiences if you know what you’re doing. The cool crisp air is refreshing and energizing, the lack of crowds on the streets is a nice bonus, and some running gear is very stylish.[slideshow:98292]

Finding motivation can, however, be a bit of a challenge.

The No. 1 advice for people who have established a habit of running several times a week but tend to stay home in the winter is that it can be done, running coach and author Matt Fitzgerald, says. “Realize that there are runners who do continue to run throughout the winter in even the harshest climates.”

In his experience what works best in getting potential runners out of the house is to have a good goal that excites them and that requires them to train consistently through the winter in order to achieve it. “Perhaps a spring half marathon or a vacation in a beautiful location you’ve never been to before,” he adds.

You have to be prepared if you want to avoid setbacks that will ruin your running regimen and potentially get you in a vicious cycle of staying home and feeling too tired to hit the road again. Navigating cold weather and snow take some practice, but even novice runners can master it.

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