With Christmas just around the corner, the holidays can take up all our time and be a good excuse to miss a run, a yoga class or a workout. Now I am not saying to go crazy and run in -40 weather or when the sidewalks are pure ice BUT it is smart to maintain a lighter running program at the least. If you plan to run any races in the spring you should definitely run throughout the winter as it will be easier to start training when the weather gets nice (and it will also help you keep your weight off over the Christmas holidays!)
Another way to motivate yourself to run in the winter is to sign up for a holiday race such as the Santa Shuffle (in most cities) or the Resolution Run. Or better yet sign up for a race somewhere warm in Feb/March, that way you will have to train through the holidays and get to reward yourself with a sunny destination race. I am planning to do the Around the Bay 30km Race in Hamilton (not everyone’s favourite spring break location :P) at the end of March which means training will begin December 1st…
No matter what you do, a little bit of running over the holidays can be a great way to enjoy the outdoors, have fun with a friend or maintain your training program and your weight.
For more tips on how to stay warm while running in the winter check out my friend Tess (and her friend Jess’) blog post from today…
If this little dog can run in the winter so can you! Look at how much fun he is having!
How many of my readers run throughout the winter months?? What do you love most about it??
Check back in the future for more winter running tips (especially for those of you who are too nervous/scared to run in the snow…I used to feel the same way!)