When I picked my first 1/2 marathon, I thought I was thinking it through. I made sure to allow enough time for training; I didn’t pick the middle of summer so to try and avoid extreme heat; I didn’t pick too early in the year so that I’d train all winter…uhh. About that last one – I guess I could have used a liiiitle more time on it. 😉
Because as you know, I HAVE been training all winter. I haven’t allowed the cold weather or snow to derail my training. Sometimes it may slightly postpone a run or two, but I’ve still been successful at completing my training thus far. (Knock on wood.)
So the question lies, how have I done it?
-The biggest thing for me has been to stay consistent with my training schedule. If I get off one day, it usually makes the rest of the week harder to re-arrange. This has still happened a few times (sometimes LIFE just happens) but otherwise I make sure to stay consistent and follow the plan.
-Look at the week ahead and plan my workouts like any other appointment. I think this is important for many people – someone looking to make fitness a new habit, someone with a really busy schedule, or someone training for a race or event.
-Continue to run outside! This has been huge. I honestly believe my continuing to run outside this winter has helped my lungs strengthen and my body get used to the elements. I often run my “shorter” distances on the treadmill at the gym and leave my long run for the great outdoors. (This past weekend was my only exception to that rule thus far.)
-And of course, dress warm! Layers, gloves, scarf, hat – all necessary!
Now, I’m no expert at winter training – this is my first 1/2 marathon and my first winter as a runner seeing as winter doesn’t exist in Southern California, but these tips have made running through some of the coldest days
Are you a winter runner?
What are some of your winter training tips?