We get it, winter isn’t the best time to log miles. It’s cold, the days are shorter, and the weather isn’t ideal. Don’t let that stop you from getting out and enjoying the crisp winter air and logging your frosty miles. Take these tips and embrace the elements all winter long.
Wear the Right Gear
Layer, layer, layer. Rather than wearing one or two heavy apparel items opt for layers that work with you as you run or walk. We love wearing a long sleeve base layer like the Smartwool Merino 150 Base Long Sleeve that keeps you comfortable along with a half zip or over layer to add warmth for the chilly temperatures.
Don’t Over Do-It
It’s cold we get it but don’t get carried away and put on your whole winter wardrobe. Remember you will warm up as you start to log your miles so opt for the layers instead of your snow suit. Nothing is worse than heating up mid-run or walk. Take the current temperature and dress how you would for 10-20 degrees warmer.
Keep your head, hands, and toes covered on colder than normal days. No one likes to have frosty fingers or toes so grab mittens or gloves like the Mizuno BT Thermo Knit Glove for your hands and a pair of wool socks to keep your toes dry and warm. And don’t forget about your head, try a Buff or beanie to cover your head. Our favorite beanie … easy, the =PR= Winter Beanie.
Put Your Best Foot (Shoes) Forward
Icy, wet, snow, salt, … winter miles often include a number of elements to trek through and wearing the right shoe can make all the difference. Avoid a spill on black ice or slippery snow and instead wear a pair of shoes that have good traction and are as tough as you. Try wearing a trail shoe even on the road to add additional traction, we love the On Cloudventure Waterproof. The Cloudventure like many of our trail shoes are perfect for keeping your feet dry and adding an extra grip when you are off running or walking.
Reward Good Behavior
Listen, you don’t have to tell us twice. It’s a lot harder to get out in the winter than any other season. It’s okay to give yourself a reward for getting out the door. Treat yourself to a special treat that you earn after hitting your weekly miles, monthly goal, or heck just getting out for the day!
Check the Weather
The weather changes often in the winter but taking a look at the week ahead can help you plan your training accordingly. Pick the peak days and plan workouts on these days and take the not as great days to log easy miles or longer miles. And don’t be afraid to pencil in a recovery or rest day when the weather looks dreary. And remember to enjoy the elements, the miles may not be your fastest but we guarantee they will be rewarding when you have the snow covered streets all to yourself and the snow flakes hitting your face.
So what are you waiting for… lace up, layer up, and get out and enjoy the frosty miles all winter long!