Winter has arrived. Days are shorter and colder, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to train. Here are some tips from runner Jared Scott from Flagstaff AZ.
2. The warmer you are, the happier you’ll be. Don’t hesitate to bring extra layers of clothing out with you. You can always take them off and easily carry them if you get too hot, and you will get hot occasionally. Ambient temperatures change quickly depending on sun aspect and wind direction, turning a sunny mild day into full winter conditions. The good thing about winter clothing is it extremely lightweight and portable. When you get too hot, long sleeve shirts/jackets can be easily tied around your waste, hats and gloves can be put into pockets or tucked in your waistband, and pants can be rolled up or tied around your waste.
3. With the changing seasons, try changing your sport. Nothing can be more frustrating than being cooped up all winter because the weather is keeping you from running. Kahtoola snowshoes are great to keep you afloat when the snow is deep but also provides excellent traction on hard, crusty snow. The MICROspikes will allow you to run with confidence on slick, snowpacked trails. In fact, know one person who got rid of her treadmill after getting a pair of Microspikes! Getting outside during the winter can be a wonderful experience and sure beats doing a workout inside or doing no workout at all.
4. Do your hard workouts when the sun is shining. This is partly a literal statement because regular running is better on the warm winter days when the roads and trails are not icy. However, when the weather is frigid, the snow will be likely be hard and crusty, which is perfect for going fast on snowshoes. Snowshoeing is an excellent way to get some added strength work because it is just plain harder than running on a road or trail. Also with snowshoeing, run for time and effort and not for distance because you will cover less ground on snowshoes, but you will still get all the fitness benefits as running on a dry road or trail.
5. Most importantly–HAVE FUN! Winter provides an opportunity to experiment with new things. I got hooked on snowshoeing during our record setting snowfall last winter. Thanks to Kahtoola, I was never stuck in my house,I was out in the snow having fun!