- Motivate yourself
It’s hard to motivate yourself to train even when the weather is great so for those who are planning to begin training for a marathon in winter; you’ll need some tips on how to motivate yourself. Try to arrange to train with a running partner, so you have a date and time to stick to. A boot camp such as Prestige Boot Camp is one of the best ways to meet a support network of people who are all training toward the same goal.
- Dress for the cold
The key to dressing for winter training is to wear the right amount of layers that will keep you warm without sweating so much that you catch a chill. Go for layers that have zippers as these will allow you to vent air as you heat up.
- Be bright
Days and nights tend to be darker in the winter, so it’s vital that you stay bright to be seen by motorists while you run. Wear reflective, fluorescent clothing or even wear a headlamp or carry a flashlight so that you know people will be aware of your presence on the roads or pavements.
- Warm up
It doesn’t matter if you’re training indoors or outdoors, it’s important to get your blood flowing before you get into the full swing of things. Run up and down, do some jumping jacks or use a jump rope.
- Change quickly
This step comes after your run. As soon as you stop running, your core body temperature will drop and if you’re sweating this can cause a severe case of the chills. Change into warm, dry clothes as soon as you can.
- Balance indoor and outdoor training
Even though the marathon that you’re training for will take place outside, don’t be afraid of using indoor equipment such as a treadmill to keep up with your training schedule. Train with pace with at least a one percent incline which will keep you on track with your interval training.
- Prepare for the weather
If you’re training outside in the winter, there’s no doubt that you’ll have to deal with rain, wind and even snow. If you’re wet, you’ll start to get cold so staying dry should be one of your top priorities. On windy days, start your run into the wind and finish it with the wind at your back. This will mean you avoid the breeze after you’ve broken a sweat.
Those who train in the winter have found that they usually need to fuel up more to get through the end of their workout. A well-fuelled run means that you’ll get a proper recovery.
- Stay hydrated