Now I love running in the winter so much, I even started training for races over the winter months (Around the Bay 30km in March and Ottawa Race Weekend in May) to help keep me motivated. I have been running year round now for over 3 years and in fact I like winter running better than running in the summer!!
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6- Stay hydrated-Despite the cold weather, you’ll still heat up and lose fluids through sweat. Cold air also has a drying effect, which can increase the risk of dehydration. Make sure you drink water or a sports drink before, during, and after your run
7- Make sure you warm up before you head out and don’t run too fast on really cold days-You are at higher risk for pulling a muscle in frigid temperatures so save your interval/sprint workouts for indoors or days that temperatures are milder.
8- Be visible-With there being less daylight in the winter wear reflective gear and wear bright colours when running in the snow during the day.
9- Protect your skin-You can still get a sunburn in the winter as the snow reflects the sun’s rays. Don’t forget to protect your lips too!
10- Choose a race to train for-this will help keep you motivated to train over the winter months (even better-choose a race somewhere warm and make it a holiday!)
Leslie Robertson is a CANFITPRO certified personal trainer who has been training and inspiring people from various fitness backgrounds and all ages for over 3 years. She is launching her own personal training business “GET FIT WITH LES” in January 2012. For more information about Leslie check out her blog at getfitwithles.com or send her an email at [email protected]