Spring, Summer, and Fall. All of these seasons tend to be the favorite time of year for most runners. Why is winter given such a bad name? The only thing winter does is bring awesome holidays, and the cold. Why are so many people hard on old man winter?
I was born during the winter. So for me, winter has all the cool days (no pun intended). However, I have noticed that I seem to run better when the temperature drops, and that I do not fatigue so easily. Whereas in the summer I have to constantly drink water, and I will still feel dehydrated. I usually can run more miles during the winter than any other time of year. Even when the temp is near 0 and there is snow and ice all over. I just had to prepare myself the right way. There are amazing clothes out there that may seem expensive or some might seem odd to wear (such as running tights) but once you run in the cold with them, you may change your mind! They are worth the price and embarrassment (but be assured that you will have the last laugh come spring time). Of course, if you are like me and cannot bring yourself to spend more than 30 -40 dollars (and that is being generous), look for the sales, they are out there. Just remember that you are investing in your health and can you really put a price on that?
I wish that there were more running events in these extreme months of winter. Why does January and February seem so dead? Of course if you live in northern Utah, the smog is a big factor. But why are there so many that don’t even give cold weather running a chance? It’s wonderful to not sweat buckets of water when you run in the middle of the day. It is also nice to greet spring when you are fit. I can understand being hesitant at first, but try it out! If you ran all summer to only give up on your goals because of the temperature change, at least test it out. See what you are made of. Please don’t say that you will start after new years either!