Winter running motivation
Winter running | Andrew Becker
Words & Images: Andrew Becker
Swedish Winter Running:
Living in Skåne, the south of Sweden, winter running varies from plus five degrees and sunny, to minus 15, blowing a gale and snow cover all over. It can be difficult to keep motivated and get the legs turning when the weather can shift in a few seconds. One day can be shorts and sunnies weather and the next you need a base layer and spike attachments for your shoes. It has been a dramatic shift compared to where I was two years ago, living in Brisbane, Australia where a shirt, shorts, shoes and cap is all that's required pretty much year round. So here I have compiled my top tips for getting out the door during the dark and cold of Winter:
1. Prep by checking the weather
2. Prep your gear
3. Prep your mind and body
4. Prep your running buddy
5. Prep your coffee
Weather and Gear:
I have acquired a few new pieces of equipment that are specific to winter running:
Prep the body, mind, buddy and coffee:
Even after waking up early, warming up, getting all my gear on and having one foot out the door, there is another thing I have ready to ensure the second foot makes it out no matter the conditions, and that's getting my running buddy prepared to follow along. The night before I also take out Dash's harness, lead and light up collar. No one is more excited to get out of the house in the morning than Dash, our Border Collie that comes along for every run. Having someone to keep you accountable and encouraging you to get out the door is a massive help.
One last piece of preparation is putting on the coffee brewer before heading out. Nothing beats warming up the hands with a hot cup of coffee after a cold winter run!