Posted by Chief run commuter on January 23, 2012 in The Weather! |

So this time of year is a real test of devotion for running to your place of work. The mornings are dark, the new year’s resolution so earnestly made a few weeks ago, and the winter seemingly never wanting to end this time of year, all transpire to test your resolve.

It’s very easy in the early part of the year to want to hit the snooze button and kill your run to work, prefering the warmth of the bus or the train. That’s natural. However, as humans we have a hibernate instinct that we need to resist! It’s easy to get sluggish in these winter months and, that, combined with a typical poorer diet this time of year can lead to serious weight gain. Look for some motivation to get you through these depressing months.

Promise yourself a beach holiday in the spring to get ready for. Sign up to a few longer races in the Spring time; an extra incentive to train by running to work. Find yourself some really nice routes in and co-incide those with a really crisp morning run. Check the weather forecast for the week ahead and coincide your run to work with the colder, brighter, crisper days.

Make sure you are well kitted out for the winter runs into work.  Elsewhere on the site you will find links to quality retailers where you can browse essential winter running kit such as leggings, beanies, gloves and thermal upper layers. Click HERE for more running kit on-line

It’ll be important to keep yourself warm after your run to work. You’ll feel warm and comfortable when you arrive at your destination, but you’ll soon cool down, especially if you choose to stretch off in the outdoors. If you finish at your gym and shower there, remember to take some warm clothes for the onward walk to work. A lightweight jumper can be added to your running backpack along with your other items. The extra weight will also burn off extra calories!

Treat yourself with some tasty breakfast at work.   Have some healthy porridge with a bit of cream or honey.  You’ll have earnt that treat!

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