Watch these experts explain exactly how to make winter running more fun

Jennifer Nied
·2-min read
Photo credit: AJ_Watt - Getty Images
Photo credit: AJ_Watt - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

Yes, it's cold outside, but there's no reason you have to press pause on your running routine just because it's winter.

Need a little convincing? Just tune in to Women's Health's Runner's Alliance workshop on Winter Running, led by moderator and senior health editor Kristin Canning. Expert panellists included:

  • Jay Ell Alexander, owner and CEO of the national running organisation Black Girls RUN!

  • Claire Green, three-time All-American collegiate and HOKA One One Aggies pro distance runner

  • Rahaf Khatib, stay-at-home mother of three, 11x marathoner, 25x half marathoner, 2x sprint triathlete, and coach of Girls on the Run Michigan

  • Stacy T. Sims, PhD, applied researcher, innovator, and entrepreneur in human performance, focusing on sex differences in training, nutrition, and environmental conditions

They all shared tips to help you make your winter runs safe and fun even when the mercury drops. Here's an overview of some of their best advice:

  • Drink plenty of water. Your body is still losing water even without that sweat-inducing summer heat, so be sure to stay hydrated, Sims advised.

  • Layer up with merino wool-based clothing to hold in heat and keep your body cosy, Sims added. You should also be sure to avoid long stops mid-run that may make your body temperature plummet. Women, specifically, are more prone to catching a chill post-workout and during lengthy rest breaks, Sims warned.

  • Consider adding a pair of spikes for traction or diverting your path to grassy areas that may be less slippery, Sims added.

  • Find an accountability partner to be your virtual run buddy and ensure you get out the door, Alexander suggested.

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