Baby it’s cold outside! Frank Loesser might have been right about the winter months but that doesn’t mean we have to sacrifice all of our hard fall training because of a temperature change. Finding the urge to go running with snow on the ground or frostbite nipping at your nose isn’t always easy, but I have written up some tips that just might change your mind the next time you are thinking about skipping.
High school was the first time I was ever really exposed to running any kind of distance more than around the track a time or two. I was on the varsity soccer team and can distinctly remember how petrified I was when I heard instructions to do a two or three mile “warmup” run. You can just imagine the look on my face when I heard those words. You want me to run how far…?
Thinking back to those days, it’s pretty apparent to me that those exact feelings are probably what keep a lot of people from ever getting off their couch to try the sport. And I don’t really blame them! Training for my first 5K (just a local race on the high school cross-country course) was one of the hardest things I had ever done up until that point in my life. If just over three miles of hard running was so daunting to someone who was fairly active in sports, I can only imagine how tough must be for someone who just wants to be able to say that they at least jogged it after never having any running experience.