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Champions are made in the winter

by kirsty
Friday 22nd January 2016

Kirsty Reade makes the case for winter running

Running in the summer is easy: don shorts, t-shirt, skip out of the door, enjoy some blissful miles in the sunshine. Contrast that with the current state of affairs: find a couple of suitable layers, struggle into some tights, search for hat and gloves, examine trainers to find least wet/muddy ones and then, most of all, find that mojo to propel yourself out of the door and into the freezing cold. Winter miles can be unpleasant and it can seem like drudgery.

I’m going to make the case for winter running here. Winter running is brilliant for you and here’s why:

  1. If, like me, your runs currently consist of a lot of comedy Bambi-type moments on mud and ice - your foot slipping away from under you every few steps, for every 3 steps forwards you take 1 step back - don’t despair. Let’s reframe this problem. What you have here is a free gym workout. This is like combining the step machine and some balancing exercises and it’s doing amazing things for your proprioception! You are nailing this strength work!
  2. Similarly, are you finding that the aforementioned mud is slowly but surely sticking to your trainers, changing them from being an 8mm drop shoe to about a metre? Are you turning into Alvin Stardust or one of the Spice Girls (pick appropriate reference for age) mid-run? Again, we can reframe this problem and say that we’re using this extra weight to do a leg workout. Who needs ankle weights or gym machines when you’ve got good old mud? On these first 2 points alone you’re saving a good £50 a month on gym membership.
  3. Hot shower after a cold run. Do I need to say more on this one? Isn’t this one of the greatest pleasures in life?
  4. Hot cup of tea after a cold run. Same.
  5. Finally, and here’s the biggie, running (or cycling) in winter makes you a badass! While the rest of the world sits on the sofa in a slanket (www.slanket.co.uk/) you are out there braving the wind, rain, ice and snow and sticking it to the elements! You’re doing it no matter what because you’re tough and you can do anything.

Champions are made in the winter

So Michael, who runs from Reading to Bracknell in sub-zero temperatures, IN HIS SHORTS, before most of us are awake, we salute you! And Amanda, who cycles into work in minus 5 and doesn’t even care, big high five! All you winter badasses out there, Run247 salutes you! Keep it up!


About The Author

Kirsty Reade

I’d describe myself as borderline obsessed with running, racing, reading about running, and watching others run so hopefully I’m fairly typical of Run247’s visitors. I tend to do longer races, particularly off-road marathons and ultras, but am pretty much a fan of any distance. I'm passionate about helping runners of all levels to improve through running communities I'm involved in, such as Underground Ultra and Free Range Runners. 


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