We’ve made it to Thursday! Hope your week is going well so far- and that for those in the path of the upcoming snow storm, that you’re prepared and ready to hunker down! I won’t lie, Mark and I are fortunate to have planned a trip south for the weekend! I do love a good snowstorm, but I’ll take the Miami heat for now!
I have switched up my running schedule a bit this week and have traded morning runs for after work runs. After a long weekend of running later in the day, I’ve found it tough to adjust to waking up at 5:30 am- plus, the evenings have been a bit milder than the early mornings!
I have also mixed up my routine a bit and have run half inside, half outside. I live three miles from work, so run-commuting is relatively easy if I am prepared!
- For Tuesday’s workout, I ran 5 miles inside, 3 miles home- all easy pace.
- Wednesday’s speed workout, I ran a two mile warmup, then three X 1 mile at half marathon pace (7:41-7:47 on treadmill), and finished the workout by running home at an easy pace.
- Tonight I’ll either split up the run or just take it all outside- it depends on the temperature!
Same path, different seasons:
If the temperatures aren’t unbearably cold, running outside in the dark can be a great way to mix up winter runs from boring treadmill workouts! Let’s face it: until daylight savings, we will all be forced to deal with darkness- so better to tackle it head on.
There are many tips for safely running outside, but here are the tips that I follow:
- Invest in the right gear. Wear bright and reflective clothing. Wearing/carrying a light is best.
- For winter running-layer up with appropriate clothing! I wear running tights, long sleeve thermal shirt medium layer zip, and light outer jacket. I also cover all extremities with gloves, headband (reflective), and also wear a neck warmer. For more information on what you should wear while running, check out this helpful site:
- Run with friends if you can!
- Don’t listen to music- it’s too distracting and you will need to rely on your senses more in the dark than during the daylight hours.
- Run in lit areas- sidewalks are key! Pay attention to your surroundings and icy paths.
My favorite reflective headband, purchased @runningwarehouse.com.
Running in the dark can be daunting, but also can be rewarding if done right. You have to find your motivation. So, sign up for a race or write down some other goals that you can look at when the sun sets so early and you need some extra inspiration to get out there!
What are some of your winter and night-running tips?
Are you a fan of working out in the morning or evening?
What motivates you to run/workout?