HOW TO CONTINUE RUNNING THROUGH WINTER
Experts from Ronhill, Hilly and Altra give us their top tips on continuing to run through the winter whether you are new to running or a seasoned pro.
The immediate future is likely to be anything but ‘normal’. Changes in the way we work, restrictions on how and where we travel, and the continual need for social distancing have become the rules that determine our lives.
The combination of working from home, gym closures and the inherent need to be outside connecting with nature has led to seeing more runners about. This statement is more empirical than scientific but running for many throughout these times has become part of the ‘new normal’.
In this period of uncertainty and limited social interaction 25% of adults reported experiencing symptoms of anxiety disorder from April to June — three times the reported rates from the same period in 2019 (CDC). However, running has proven to be a simple daily routine that helps to mitigate the feelings of stress and anxiety.
With winter approaching, the desire to run can be tested by the conditions we are faced with. We want to help people stay motivated and to remember the positive uplift a regular run can have and continue the progress towards a health body and mind.
Here are some top tips to consider.
As the nights draw in running in the dark can seem daunting so a hi-viz or reflective jacket will give you reassurance that you are being seen on the road.
Warming the Body Up
In the cooler temperature your body might take longer to spring to life. With this being said, spend 5 or 10 mins lightly stretching and mobilising the lower back, hips and hamstrings before heading out the door, especially if you’ve been sitting at your home desk all day.
A good quality waterproof jacket with a hood makes all the difference when you are out in the rain. Keeping dry and protected will prevent you from getting wet and stops your core body temperature from dropping. Check the weather before you go out so you have the best chance of getting your layering right and preventing being too hot or cold.
Running the same routes can become over familiar and boring so explore new locations and build up mix of distances and terrains to keep it interesting.
Look for Challenges
The winter can seem drawn out at times and as races and events are currently limited try finding something alternative like the Ronhill #runeverday challenge in October and see how many days you can run for within the month.
Invest in a comfortable pair of running shoes that provide the guidance and support you need and then replace them when they’ve managed all the mileage they can.
Wet and rainy weather doesn’t have to mean retreating inside; you just need the right running gear.
Overdressing is one of the most common mistakes runners make in the rain; wearing more layers will not keep you dry but wearing the right layers will.
So if you don't want to retreat to the treadmill, his is everything you need to know about staying cool and dry in the rain.