It can be difficult to keep up with running once the weather gets bad. There are challenges about running throughout the entire year, from heat to snow to wind and rain. But with a few simple strategies and some planning you can keep up with your routine all year round!
When I first started running, around the time I was in college, I was definitely a fair weather runner. I would head outside when the weather was nice, but as soon as it got too cold or too hot I would head to the gym. I didn’t really like the gym, so it was hard to motivate myself to go. And eventually I would stop going, and would miss out on running until the weather got nice again.
If you’re stuck in a similar cycle, read on to learn some ways to keep at it all year, even when the weather is less than ideal!
How to Keep Running All Year Round
I am going to share some general tips, as well as suggestions that are more specific to running in certain kinds of weather, such as the cold, heat, wind, and rain!
Make It a Habit
The most helpful thing is to make running a habit so it is something you are already doing regularly before the weather gets bad. If you make it a part of your routine when the weather is nice, it will be easier to keep up with it all year. Figure out the time of day that works best for you and adjust your routine to make it a part of your schedule.
Keep in mind that you may need to tweak your schedule at different times of the year. In the summer you may enjoy running at 5 am when it is light out and warm. However, in the winter you may decide that you prefer to go at 3 pm when it’s light out and it’s not as cold as it may be early in the morning.
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Focus on Your “Why”
Everyone has different reasons for running and different goals that keep them motivated. Some people will only run if they have a race coming up. Others do it for the mental benefits, or to stay in shape. Figure out what it is that keeps you lacing up and focus on that when you find yourself not wanting to run during certain times of year. If you struggle to get outside in the winter, maybe having a spring race on the calendar will motivate you. If you do it mostly for the mental benefits, remind yourself of how much better you feel after getting out for a run. If you are running mainly to stay in shape, remember that you don’t always need to be running in order to exercise. If you really don’t like running in certain conditions you can move your body in other ways!
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Have a Backup Plan
There may be times when you can’t run outside due to the weather or safety issues. So figure out how you can still work out on those days or other ways you can get in a workout. Consistency is important, so while a few days off is fine you don’t want to completely stop working out for too long. If you are focusing on a race, this will make it more challenging to reach your goals. In general, it may be harder to get back on track after some time off.
Try to get creative with how you can get in your workouts. If you have access to a gym or home treadmill that is great. If not, consider other kinds of workouts that you can do at home on days you can’t run. Or maybe just move your it to a different time of day or a different day of the week when the weather is better.
Have the Right Gear
This is going to apply for all the different seasons/types of weather. If you want to run outside when it’s cold, hot, raining, etc. it’s important to be prepared with the right gear. A few things can go a long way in bad weather. Some things that may be helpful to have are:
- a headlamp and vest for the dark
- body glide for the heat and rain
- clothes than can be worn as layers for when it’s cold or when the temps are changing
- a hat for the rain
- good socks to avoid blisters in the heat or rain
Of course this is not an all inclusive list. I will be linking some posts about running in certain types of weather so check those out for more specific ideas!
Learn to Navigate the Seasons
Ok so now let’s talk about the specific types of weather that may be challenging to run in.
Cold Weather Running
It seems that most people struggle to continue running when it gets cold out. For cold weather, the right gear is SO important. Try to purchase one good jacket that you can wear on cold days with different layers underneath as needed.
Items like tights, gloves, and a warm hat are also important. Again, just having one of each is a good place to start.
Also check out these posts:
How to Adjust to Running in the Cold
5 Tips to Help Runners Stay Motivated During the Winter
5 Ways for Runners to Handle Winter Weather
How Runners Can Persevere Through the Last Few Weeks of Winter Weather
Warm Weather Running
The heat can also be challenging for runners. You will likely go slower and may need to adjust your pace and mileage if it’s extremely hot. Make sure you stay safe when out in the heat by not pushing yourself too hard. Also be sure to wear sunscreen if you are out in the sun! (This applies all year round.)
Here are some posts to check out:
How To Run a Speed Workout in the Heat
How To Adjust Your Training For Summer Running in the Heat
Top 5 Hydration Tips for Summer Runs in the Heat
Other difficult weather
It can also be challenging to get out for a run if its raining or very windy. Usually this kind of weather only lasts for a day here or there so it may be possible to just adjust your schedule and get out another day. Here are some post to check out about these types of weather:
9 Tips for Running in the Rain
How to Make the Most of Running in the Wind
Find someone to hold you accountable
It can be helpful to have a running buddy or a group to train with. If you know someone is waiting for you, it may be the push you need to get out the door! It can also make those bad weather runs a little more enjoyable.
Final Tips to Keep Running All Year Round
Depending on where you live, it may be very challenging to keep up with running throughout the year. But if it will help you reach your goals, there are ways to do it. By adjusting your schedule, having other workout options, and dressing correctly you will set yourself up for success. Just remember to stay as consistent as possible. The bad weather won’t last forever!
Do you run all year round?
How do you adjust your workouts in bad weather?
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