Running in the cold

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Running in the cold…brrrrrrr


Dark mornings, icy pavements, gusting winds and sub-zero temperatures ... well, it might not be that bad but there are so many reasons to stop running at this time of year. But before you stop, read this and try to keep your running going through the winter months!


  • If it's cold, wet and just plain miserable outside, entice yourself with a warm, cozy reward, such as some time in front of the fireplace or a cup of hot cocoa. Sometimes it's the promise of simple pleasures that can motivate you to get out of your comfort zone and hit the road.


  • Two tricks to help you resist the temptation to wear too much: warm your kit (especially your base layer) on the radiator before you put it on, and do some warm-up exercises in the house before you set off. So don't overdo it - you'll warm up far more by running than you will walking or cycling.


  • Running in the cold can actually be less taxing on your body than running in the heat. Your body doesn’t have to work as hard to cool down and this can increase performance and energy.


  • There is almost no better motivation than to know someone or a group is waiting for you to show up for a run.


  • If you are running in darkness, it's reflective clothing and lights that will ensure you get seen by drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, rather than dayglo colours. Look for garments with reflectivity on the arms and legs, rather than the torso, as moving parts are easier to spot. Or buy cheap and cheerful reflective ankle/wrist bands.




Enjoy the winter….and your running!