I dont know what its like where you guys are but things are starting to heat up where i am and with a warm weekend ahead its time to get unreasonably optimistic about spring being on its way! So hurry and use them before spring is upon us! However, just incase winter surfaces again here is my practical tips for winter running Part 2:
1.Side streets: In the winter the sidewalks will probably suck 8/10 times, but the roads are often plowed and runable. Main streets can be busy and we don’t want to get hit so try and find local neighborhood side streets and cruise around those since they will often have traction and less traffic to worry about. Don’t be afraid of running on roads but certainly be cautious, remember that cars need more room to stop in winter so don’t put them or yourself in a bad position. Rule of thumb is to give them the right of way and don’t feel entitled to space since they are the big kid on the playground.
2.Cross train: What better time of year to find alternative training substitutes than winter. Don’t get addicted to too much substitution and don’t rely on treadmills when the winter paths outside are paved with snowy adventure but do take a day a week to try cross training. From weights to core, from bikes to elliptical, and from swimming laps to aqua jogging, there are many great training substitutes you can find at your local gym to get in equivalent work inside when you need to give your legs a break from dancing around outside on the ice. I’m awkward and hilarious on the elliptical so I stick to swimming and biking indoors but to each their own. My coach and I tend to agree that going basically going double the distance/time cross training equals half of a running mileage equivalent, but everyone needs to figure their own conversion.
3.Pay attention when the headphones are on: If you are like me and enjoy running with music then make sure it doesn’t put you in dangerous situations this winter. When you have the headphones on make sure that while one is in one ear, the other remains open in order to hear the world around you. Or at the very least make sure you turn the music down enough that you can hear cars coming up behind you. In the winter months the roads are slippery and visibility is compromised for cars so when you are running on side streets or waiting to cross an intersection make sure you give them more room than usual to stop and avoid you. It’s cool to run on roads when you can but keep an ear available and remember to look behind you in order to keep everyone safe.
You got to think like a runner.
Do you think the average person is going to get out of their bed when they’re still tired as hell to go for a run in the morning? HELL NO.
Do you think the average person is going to tell their friends they can’t go out to dinner because they have to get a run in for the day? HELL NO.
Do you think the average person is going to go to sleep instead of staying up and hanging out with their friends because they need to rest? HELL NO.
Do you think the average person is going to wake up early morning after a party the night before to do a long run? HELL NO.
That’s because we’re different. We aren’t the people to skip a run just to get more sleep. We aren’t the people who will just sit around all day doing nothing. We are going to push ourselves. Challenge ourselves. Make ourselves do things we don’t feel like doing because we know we should.
That’s because we aren’t your average person. We’re different.
We are runners.
"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you — beyond that next turning of the canyon walls."
My legs aren’t long and skinny, despite my wishes. Instead, they are short and strong: they have carried me hundreds of miles, over hiking trails, rocks, and hills; they support my weight during yoga, and pedal through a fast bike workout. They’re scarred and battered, but they get the job done.
Why does it take so long for me to decide to go on a run???
Woke up this morning and spent like 30 min telling myself to go on a run. I knew it was going to be awesome and I knew I wouldn’t regret it, but it took me so long to actually agree with my logic and do it. Eventually I just put on my running clothes and then my body was like ‘oh, yeah, I guess we’re going running.’
And I didn’t regret it!!
I will miss running in the winter. I always think I’ll run more when it’s warmer but I really love the cold, fresh air more than the sun beating down on me.