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  • Jennifer Biswas
  • food/fitness

winter running tips

I bet you didn't know that my college degree is in Health Education, did you? :) I had dreams of doing corporate wellness or coaching others in ways to eat well and work out. But after many internships and few full time jobs, I realized that maybe this is one passion that is better left a hobby and not so much a career. ;)

But I still love sharing what I know with others who are interested! Each week I'm going to share a fitness tip, healthy recipe or other useful tidbits of knowledge with you. Feel free to pay attention and apply these to your own life and share them with your friends or skip these posts all together...I promise I won't be offended if it's the latter!

Running is the one activity in my life that has been a constant. I started running track in middle school {I was a speedy little girl whose coach liked to make me race the boys...pretty rough for an awkward 13 year old!} and ran sprints and did triple jump through college. Towards the end of my track career I started in on longer distances - starting with 5ks and finally tackling a few marathons including the Boston Marathon in 2014.

I've learned quite a few things about running throughout the years - especially when it comes to winter running! Here are a few tips to running outside throughout the winter - and not hating it!!

1. Layer up! You can always take off layers but there's nothing worse than getting halfway through a run and realizing you didn't dress warm enough. On really cold days I'll wear a tank top + long sleeve + a jacket with a hat, mittens, running tights and a Buff (or face warmer) for my face. I absolutely HATE being cold. On not so cold days I'll do just a tank top or long sleeve under a jacket. I typically always start with a hat and gloves since those are easy to take off and hold on to if I get too warm.

I use this handy tool from Runner's World for helping me determine what to wear. When you're just starting out it's helpful to keep a notepad with the weather conditions and what you wore along with how you felt (cold, warm, etc) on your run. After a few runs you'll be able to know exactly what to wear to be comfortable! I find this incredibly useful to review year after year - I seem to always forget how to dress as the seasons change!

2. Wear reflective gear! If you're running at night or in the morning be sure to wear a reflective vest to stay safe. You might feel silly but it'll keep you from getting hit by a car.

3. Bring your phone. I used to laugh at people who ran with their phone. It seemed crazy! Then I had a run that left me 4 miles from home with a hurt foot and no phone. I ended up having to stop a stranger to use their phone so I could call a friend to pick me up. Now I always run with my phone! I'll typically wrap it up in a washcloth and put it in a small plastic ziplock bag to keep it warm and dry on really cold days.

4. Find a running buddy! I only run outside 1-2 days in January and February when it is coldest and most of these are done with a buddy. It's easier to stay committed to running when you have someone relying on you.

5. Have a Plan B! Don't feel bad if you take a day off or do a run on a treadmill or workout video inside instead. If running becomes something you dread you'll stop doing it all together. Have fun with it and keep it casual - especially in the winter months!

What do you do to stay motivated this time of year? Any running tips I missed? Be sure to leave a comment!

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  • Jennifer Biswas
  • food/fitness

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