You made it through the holidays, and survived the long, cold weeks of January. Now the end of February is in sight, but will spring ever get here? As a runner this time of year is tough, when we still have cold weather and snow in many places but we are also teased by the prospect of spring being right around the corner. It can be tempting to set your sights on warmer weather but we never know exactly when that will come. So how can runners persevere through the last few weeks of winter?
How Runners Can Persevere Through the Last Few Weeks of Winter Weather
Plan your runs for the weather weather
Are you still experiencing, snow wind and ice? Do you sometimes have warm days mixed in? Try to plan your runs based on the conditions. If it’s going to be cold but no snow, ice or wind, maybe it’s a good day for a speed workout. Can you get your long run done on the one warmer day of the week? If there’s a miserable day with ice or wind maybe you can cross-train or run indoors. Flexibility is so important!
Back off of running
This is actually a good time to back off of running, unless you have a race coming up. If you know you are going to want to run more when the weather warms up maybe you can take some time off now so you go into the spring season feeling strong and refreshed.
Take advantage of the treadmill
Have you become a treadmill warrior throughout the winter? By now you may be used to logging miles on there, so use it to your advantage when needed. Hopefully you won’t need to be on there as much in a few weeks!
Focus on your mindset
After several long months of winter weather it can be easy to feel frustrated when there are still bad winter weather days. Try to focus on the positives. This might mean slowing down your run to enjoy the snowy scenery. Or pushing a little harder to stay warm on your morning runs. Keep things in perspective- for those of us living in places where the weather fluctuates quite a bit we need to accept the good and the bad days of running weather.
Enjoy the earlier sunrise
Morning runners can enjoy an earlier sunrise this time of year. Once DST starts it gets darker again, but only for a little bit. (And then maybe the evening runners can take advantage of extra light!)
Take note of your winter running wardrobe
As you prepare to pack up your winter running clothes for a few months, take note of which items are not working for you anymore. Consider donating items that are not worth storing until next year. You may also be able to get some good deals on winter running clothes right now if there is anything you need!
Remember that the heat is coming
In about 4 months most of us will be complaining about the heat. Each season brings its own challenges. Try to appreciate this time of year as you know you made it through the worst of winter and spring is around the corner.
How do you make it through the last few weeks of winter running?
Do you prefer running in cold or hot weather?
Have you planned out races for the spring?
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