Constant training is necessary to be a successful runner and that’s why have to run whether it’s hot or cold, whether you’re up or down, whether you’re alone or with friends, whether you’re preparing for a race or you’ve already achieved your goals.
However, many runners hold ancient beliefs to stop running in the winter and waste an excellent quality training season.
That’s why if you’re among those runners that fear the cold, we invite you to dispose of your excuses by reading this article:
“IT’S SO COLD IT HURTS TO BREATHE”
Running in low temperatures won’t hurt your lungs. However, some runners may experience irritation or dryness of the throat if they breathe the cold air directly. To avoid this, the best course of action is to breathe through a scarf or ski mask.
“MY FEET ARE FREEZING”
Many sport shoes are designed to let your feet breathe and, you can feel colder than usual during the first miles.
However, once you warm up, your feet will stop being cold and, as long as you stay on the move, there’s no possibility for them to freeze.
“I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO RUN”
Many runners start wondering where to run during the winter, but the answer is simple: keep running where you usually run.
In case your favorite running location is inaccessible because of the weather, the streets are always an option (beware of the traffic though!)
“I’M FREEZING TRYING TO GET TO THE PLACE WHERE I RUN”
Our winter recommendation is to run someplace close to where you live and to get there running.
That’s to say, leave your home and start with a slow jog which will serve as a warm-up and you’ll avoid getting cold on the first minutes.
Another excellent alternative is to perform the warm-up inside your home to start with an elevated body temperature.
“WHEN I RETURN FROM RUNNING I GET EXTREMELY COLD”
Same as the previous fear, this one is solved by running close to your place. End your training routine and return home running. There, you’ll be able to take a bath and a hot brew.
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