Staying motivated to keep running in the winter is hard. Here’s my (semi-serious) advice from one beginner runner to another.
1. A headlamp.
Running in the dark is significantly more enjoyable if you can see where you’re going. Headlamps are a hell of a light brighter than your cell phone light, and let you be hands-free. There are running-specific headlamps, but I’m a big believer in using what you have, and I have a normal one for camping, so I use that. Learn more about headlamps >>
A moisture-wicking base layer (aka the layer closest to your skin) is the most critical to staying warm. Bundling up in multiple layers helps you manage your body temperature, but it’s a delicate balance. Here are my best tips >>
3. Reflective gear.
If you have a nine to five job, odds are you’re running in the dark on the weekdays. Make sure you’re seen with a reflective vest, anklets, or if you’re anxious like me, both! I blame Denver drivers. My affordable picks for gear >>
Crawling out of your warm bed at 6 a.m. is not the easiest thing to do when it’s dark and cold, but I’ve done the unthinkable and actually manage to do that (almost) every week. Secrets to early morning running success >>
5. A sense of humor.
The running world is starting to catch on to the power of beginners (hello, we have to buy all the new stuff to get started) or at least recognize that we’re here. But most articles of “things you only get if you’re a runner” still don’t make sense to me, so I made my own just for beginners. 16 Beginner Runner Truths >>