Why I Prefer Running in the Winter

Have you ever gone for a runย in winter? If not, why not – is it the cold that puts you off, or perhaps the dark mornings/evenings? Before I went for my first run in the winter, I was a bit apprehensive. I knew I hadn’t enjoyed doing sportsย at school during the winter and I couldn’t see why it would be anyย different now. But I wanted to go running, as it is so easy to put on a pair of trainers, step outside the door and run.ย From getting my kit onย to stepping out of the shower after a run, it usually takes out no more than 1 hour from my day (that’s only about 4%!). Now, whilst research might indicate thatย it is more efficient to burn fat from body weightย exercises and lifting weights,ย I still think that the challenges that running brings to your body and mind are worth it, regardless of whether you burn more or less calories. As I wrote in a previous blog post, I find running difficult, and that is exactly why I do it. Overcoming this difficultyย is part of theย strength I want to build in my body, even if itย is more mental than physical.

Anyway, coming back to running in winter, before I went for my first run I made sure I was well equipped with the right gear. That is probably the biggest change to exercising in winter that has taken place since my schooldays. Not only do I now get to choose what I wear, today’s sportswear is typically made fromย high-performance fabrics that provide thermal insulation and moisture transfer. And there are some really stylish garments out there!

Running in my trusty black Oysho leggings (with ankle zip detail) , Kipsta keepdry base layer and Oysho seamless sports jacket. (Despite taking hundreds of photos in burst mode, I stillย couldn’t find one withoutย crazy hair…).

So once I had acquired the right kit and stepped out for my first run on a cold, winter evening last year, I discovered that I actually prefer running in the cold. In the summer, I find the sun and heat absorbs all my energy andย I hate the way my head gets hotter, and hotter, and hotter, and I end up with aย beetroot face that drives me crazy! Instead, when running in the cold, my body temperature is just right thanks to the right kit, and the cold air makes me feel like I have an air-conditioning unit directed at my face, regulating itsย temperature. And as a consequence I find it easier to keep going.

If you haveย never tried running in the winter, then I would definitely encourage you to invest inย some warmย running kit and give it a go. If you runย duringย the dark mornings/evenings in winter, keep in mind the advice in the video below fromย This Girl Can Runย on how to keep safe:

And here are a few final tips from personal experience:

  • I often wear wireless around-ear headphones to listen to music and keep my ears warm at the same time.
  • Even in winter, if I run during the day, I wear a high SPF sunscreen on my face to protect my skin (I usually wear the Avรจne SPF 50 tinted compact all year in place of traditional foundation).
  • I make sure I drink lots of water as even though I feel less thirsty compared toย when I run in the summer, I do sweat a lot under my layers of running kit.

Do you like running in the winter? Share you experiences with me in the comments below.

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I'm Helen (a.k.a. 40ish_love), and I have recently developed a passion for tennis and its fashion. Follow me on my journey to becoming a stylish tennis player, and hopefully you will also be motivated to don a tennis skirt and pick up a racket!

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