As the temperature drops some people decide to turn indoors to run on a treadmill or small indoor track, and some even stop running all together until it warms up again in the spring. Then, there are others that tough out the elements and run outdoors all year long. Which one best describes you?
If you don’t run outside in the winter here are a few reasons why you should at least consider it.
1 – Running in the winter offers a totally different experience.
Most people don’t necessarily embrace change, but winter running offers a change in atmosphere from running in the other seasons. Since running inside has the possibility of getting boring quite fast, running outside in the winter offers a new experience with the fresh air and different scenery, along with the incredible feeling of running on freshly fallen snow.
2 – Technology makes running in the winter enjoyable.
In the heat of the summer there comes a point when you can’t shed any more layers and it is difficult to stay cool and comfortable when running, but in the winter you can always add layers as it gets colder. Not only does the proper tech wear base layer and jacket help you stay dry and warm, but some also generates heat when you perspire which is how runners can stay warm and comfortable with few layers in low temperatures. Unfortunately, many people turn indoors because they don’t have or aren’t aware of this tech wear that makes winter running quite comfortable and enjoyable.
3 – Road races don’t stop when it gets cold.
Some of the best races take place over the winter and spring months when it is cold outside, so there is no better way to prepare for these races than actually running in the elements. Not to say that indoor cross training won’t be effective, but there is no substitute to prepare for an outside winter event like training outside.
What are some other reasons why someone should consider running outside in the winter? Let us know in the comments.