Winter training

How do you get yourself out into the cold?

18 messages
20/11/2012 at 10:59

So I'm currently trying to establish a good fitness base for next season, and been experimenting with a few different routines.  I really struggle with morning exercising, as getting up at 6am and out into the dark and cold really doesn't appeal to me (i've tried, honestly).  However this means annoying the other half as when I come home from work (often around 7, 8 pm) i'm straight out of the door again, and often i'm running on an empty stomach.  And of course, by then it's dark again.

How do you folks cope with fitting training in to the shortened winter days? 

20/11/2012 at 11:18

just get out in the dark and train. simple as.

or swim and turbo during the week if the weather is shit and get out for the longer runs and bikes at the weekend

20/11/2012 at 11:19
Decent kit a good waterproof jacket, longs, overshoes n gloves for the bike and decent layers for the run also lots of off road stuff trail running and mountain biking as it seems much more fun to do this than road bike run when the weather is cack plus good bike lights and headtorch
Its all about mental attitude set the alarm get up and ignore the dark and weather as soon as you are out the door and half mile down the road its not a problem getting out the door is the trick
20/11/2012 at 11:27

Your training in the early hours, doesn't really appeal to you since your training hasn't any purpose to it worth the discomfort. 

20/11/2012 at 11:31

Try getting up and out in the morning and see how you feel afterwards, I find it really sets you up for the day.

You could also turbo first thing to avoid the dark and bad weather or since you say you're workig on establishing fitness rather than a training program you could always do a dreaded excersise DVD first thing instead? Got to try and do my first pre work swim this week myself. Friday morning it will happen.

20/11/2012 at 11:32

how about running at lunchtime??

20/11/2012 at 13:19

I can't run evenings as it then intrudes on home life - if I want to run then it has to be early which is why I am out the door by 5:45 each morning whatever the weather - certainly it is more appealing in the summer certainly but if I want to run then I have to do what I have to do - (am thinking about getting a head torch though as I run along the sea wall where there is no lighting)

20/11/2012 at 14:37

Bring on the cold.  I've just bought some lobster mitts!


20/11/2012 at 14:44

Those lobster gloves are the biz, I tried my new pair out for first time on Sunday morning, nice frosty morning I thought, time to try new gloves, had to take them off after 45 mins as hands too hot and sweaty. They will be fine when it really does get cold thou.

Rafiki    pirate
20/11/2012 at 15:27

For some reason, those lobster mits remind me of Zippy from Rainbow not sure I could stick my hand in them now......

20/11/2012 at 15:47

  I'll put my hands in anything if it'll keep them warm!  I suffer pretty badly from the old Raynaud's, to the point of having to abandon a couple of runs last winter just because my normal gloves weren't doing the job. Hopefully these will sort me out, I've heard good things.

20/11/2012 at 15:50

Night running is the way to go, head torch, woods, eyes staring at you from the darkness.  It's a whole new experience, and though you run slower than normal, that's no bad thing.  Early morning, late at night, the same.  I also engage smug mode when I'm running home through the village and think of everyone staring at TV screens watching Jordan talking about her new tits or something when I've been out doing something worthwhile, but that's just me.

20/11/2012 at 16:38

I second the night running/head torch route!


Dustboy    pirate
20/11/2012 at 16:42

Nope, Jordan, THEN go out for a run.

Are Deal extreme still doing those mighty headtorches for 25 quid?. Daylight attached to a headband.

20/11/2012 at 16:43
DimTimTris wrote (see)

 and think of everyone staring at TV screens watching Jordan talking about her new tits or something when I've been out doing something worthwhile, but that's just me.

isn't watching Jordan and her tits doing something worthwhile??  

20/11/2012 at 16:49

She's barely human!


20/11/2012 at 16:52

lobster mitts, head torches and Jordans tits all in one thread......

This is Caravan Owners Forum isn't it ?

20/11/2012 at 17:05

Sorry to digress from the er...digression, but I run mostly lunchtimes and weekends.  One or at most two runs weekday evenings typically for club sessions.

I have tried, and enjoyed, morning runs through pitch black woods with a head torch and the dog, but struggle to motivate myself on a regular basis.

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