Keeping moving and running through the winter months can be both rewarding and fun when you follow these few basic tips and keep yourself both safe and healthy along the way
Different route, same great feeling
It is important to recognise that due to the darker mornings and nights around this time of year, you may not be able to run on certain paths, trails or in parks and fields that were your daily routes during the summer months.
For this reason, you may want to think about looking at different options regarding where and when you train. Look for well-lit public areas that have wide pavements and will not be too busy to stop you completing a hassle-free run.
It’s probably unavoidable that some of your runs may not be as stimulating in terms of your surroundings but running on a cold, crisp albeit dark evening can invigorate the senses just as much as a glorious summer morning.
However, if you still hanker for getting your daily dose of vitamin D when you run, then if you can find the time during your working day, what about looking at getting out for a run at lunchtime?
Planning a run around work can be tricky but it can be a great way of breaking up your day and you will certainly feel good about your decision as you get back through your afternoon to-do list.
Weekend Wake Up
Given that we may not all have the luxury of getting out in daylight during the week, it means those Saturday and Sunday mornings without work on the menu now lend themselves to really making the most of daylight running.
View your weekend run as a real treat, plan your route to be off-road where possible if the street and footpath routes in darkness have made you long for some green surroundings as you get moving. Forest trails on cold still mornings can feel amazing and give you a real endorphin boost when you finish. You may get a little wet as the winter weather kicks in, but a towel in the car or a shower as you return home will easily counter that.
Wrap up and warm up
It’s also fair to say that the runs you found yourself feeling a little too warm on while wearing shorts and a t-shirt seem like a distant memory right now and with that in mind you’re probably digging through the wardrobe for as many long sleeve tops, tights, gloves and hats that you can lay your hands on. You need to be seen.
While the fashion police may have something to say about bright pink or yellow colour schemes, the actual police will not arrest you for doing so and what’s more, the fact you will be a lot more visible to cyclists and motorists alike as you run in darker conditions will keep everyone safer. Have a look at ‘layering up’ with a few thinner tops rather than one thicker item.