Motivation for running in winter

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26/08/2005 at 15:52
Hi, people, I've been lurking for a while, but this is my first post: Ok, it's a little in advance, but I'm trying to get over my tendency to hibernate during winter. How do you go running mid-week when it's cold and pitch black?? Do you just stick to the gym or have you found the discipline to head outside? I've applied for a marathon place so figure that goal should motivate me, but any extra tips gratefully received!
26/08/2005 at 15:57
Join a club ......... and make use of it, the company makes it so much easier! Or get a job where you either get time off during the daytime or get an hour plus for lunch (and has showers etc on site), joining a club is the easiest option though.
26/08/2005 at 15:57
It was dark at 9pm last night here in Aberdeen and so the saying goes "the nights are fair drawing in".

Drushka just get into the habit now and before you know it you will enjoy running in the cold and dark. One thing you may consider is joining a running group in your area that meets the same time same night every week, stick it in your diary and do it.
26/08/2005 at 15:57
Hi Drushka! I was a lurker too until a couple of days ago. I only started running outdoors in April so I'll be facing the same problem as you...
26/08/2005 at 15:58
Lunchtime running works for me.
26/08/2005 at 16:02
I love running in the winter,it's cold and great fun if there's a group of you.

I hate the summer,it's too hot for running in so you only end up going out really early in the morning or late in the night anyway.

Roll on the winter!
26/08/2005 at 16:06
I've got a head torch which is surprisingly good. Also, spend lots of money on all the super thermal/wicking/long sleeved/goretex/wind proof/rainproof/winterproof clothes. Then you'll feel that you have to go out to get your money's worth.
26/08/2005 at 16:07
Agree with Jack.

Hate running in the summer. Can cope in the winter cause there's nothing better to do!!
26/08/2005 at 16:07
Cool, thanks everyone! I have just been surfing about and think there is a club close by, so I'm definitely going to look into that. Running is going well at the moment and when it's raining I just tell myself that by going anyway I'm building mental strength for the marathon (grrrrr!) so hopefully I can get into the same mindset when it's dark. And a nice woolly hat should help too. I'm feeling ready!
26/08/2005 at 16:08
I enjoy running in the cold too. It's just a habit you get into.

Running at a gym is a good alternative if you're worried about being in the dark by yourself - just try to get out when you can. It's a different experience so all part of the fun.
26/08/2005 at 16:09
Ugh. The Winter. The prospect of being back to running in the dark and cold just is not appealing. However, 5 minutes in and all is usually well. It's just the getting out of bed that's the challenge. After that momentous effort a morning run is a piece of cake!
26/08/2005 at 16:22
I don't mind running in the cold and dark, in fact I kind of enjoy the "me against the elements" feeling knowing everyone else of sound mind is indoors curled up in the warm!

The one piece of kit that turned my winter runs from miserable to manageable is a fleece hat. Keeps heat in and head and ears warm on even the coldest days. And gloves. If your head and hands stay warm, it makes an awful lot of difference to your comfort.
26/08/2005 at 16:46
I don't forward to it either, pain in the bum!

Might get some cross country shoes this year, otherwise it just ain't possible to run in snow/ ice!

Winter is not my favourite month I have to say.
26/08/2005 at 16:51
Once I'm out, I love running on cold, dark nights. I've found the trick is not thinking too much about it, once you get home. Leave your running gear out so you just jump into it and out the door.
26/08/2005 at 18:38
Running in winter - (I run early morning, 5 am)- dark skies full of stars, frosty pavements sparkling, being the first footprints in thick snow, snowflakes whirling round you making you feel dizzy, the calls of owls and foxes coming near town for the warmth, Christmas lights shining, the look on the faces of early shift workers trudging through blizzards when you run past them ("Yer aff yer heid!"). I'm almost looking forward to it now!

Oh yes, and having a spring marathon to train for.
26/08/2005 at 18:39
the only saving grace of my new job is the shift work, I am hoping this will make winter training easier

26/08/2005 at 18:50
Wonderful post, iz. You a poet?
26/08/2005 at 19:04
Gloves - definitely! And last winter I got bought a great Concurve running top - I reckon it's made out of magic material. So comfy, warm & cosy and I don't overheat after 10 minutes either!

I love running in winter - but prefer to run with others in the dark evenings. Early mornings on your own are brilliant.
26/08/2005 at 19:11
BR, thanks. Used to write long ago, but seldom commit poetry in cold blood these days. Just speaking from the heart.
26/08/2005 at 20:30
Quite well put iz,

Is there anything better than running in embracing weather when half the population are struggling to keep warm and dry - inside. Or running in the rain, past a bus stop full of people huddling under the shelter with all their brollies blown inside out by the wind.

Great stuff

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