We’re through December, but the winter isn’t over yet. The Fast Running team put together some advice to help you hit Spring at a canter. 

Winter training for endurance runners can be a challenge. Cold weather and shorter days can make it hard to stay motivated and maintain a consistent training routine. However, with the right mindset and strategies, it’s possible to overcome these obstacles and stay on track with your training.

Set specific and achievable goals to stay focused and motivated. For example, you may want to improve your overall endurance or set a personal record in an upcoming race. Whatever your goals may be, write them down and refer to them regularly to remind yourself of what you’re working towards.

Vary your routine to stay motivated. Doing the same workouts every day can become monotonous. Instead, try different types of training and locations for your workouts. This will help keep things interesting and prevent boredom.

It’s always a bit easier with company in the cold, but maybe don’t stick your tongue to anything.

Stick together, but look after yourself too

Find a training partner or group to run with during the winter months. Not only does this provide social interaction and support, but it can also make your workouts more enjoyable and help you stay accountable to your training schedule. If you can’t find a running partner, join a virtual running group or forum to connect with other runners.

Prioritize self-care during your winter training. Get enough sleep, eat a healthy and balanced diet, and stay hydrated. Dress appropriately for the weather and invest in good quality wind or waterproof gear if you plan on running outside.

Taking care of your physical and mental health will not only help you feel better, but it will also enable you to perform at your best during your workouts.

Celebrate the progress, no matter how small

Celebrate your successes and accomplishments along the way. Set small goals and reward yourself when you achieve them. Recognising your progress and achievements can provide a boost of motivation and help you stay motivated to continue working towards your goals.

As we mentioned before, winter training for endurance runners can be challenging. But with the right mindset and strategies, you can stay motivated and maintain a consistent training routine.

Set specific and achievable goals, vary your routine, find a training partner or group, prioritise self-care, and celebrate your successes to overcome the obstacles of winter training and stay on track with your fitness goals.

Gill Band recommends to “keep your head torch in a box near the top if you’re moving about  in winter months. You’ll need it for those country lanes”.

Can the kit make a difference?

In addition to setting goals, varying your routine, finding a training partner or group, and prioritizing self-care, having the right winter training kit can also help you stay motivated and comfortable during your workouts. Here are a few key items to consider:

  1. Waterproof and windproof gear: If you plan on running outside in wet or windy conditions, it’s important to invest in good quality waterproof and windproof gear. This can include a waterproof jacket, pants, and shoes, as well as a windproof hat and gloves. These items will help protect you from the elements and keep you comfortable during your workouts.
  2. Headlamp or reflective gear: With shorter days and darker mornings, it’s important to make sure you can see and be seen when running. A headlamp or reflective gear, such as a vest or armbands, can help ensure your safety when running in low light conditions.
  3. Insulated water bottle: It’s important to stay hydrated during your winter workouts, but it can be tough to drink from a cold water bottle when it’s freezing outside. An insulated water bottle can help keep your water from freezing and make it more comfortable to drink.

In conclusion, having the right winter training kit can make a big difference in your comfort and motivation during your workouts. Look after your waterproof and windproof gear and find a good headlamp and reflective gear. Last, but not least, consider an insulated water bottle to help make your winter training a little warmer.