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Although it really doesn’t get that cold in Southern California, the weather does change. With these cool, and occasionally wet, winter days, I get the urge to switch up my workouts. I mix things up by doing more indoor strength work and focusing on improving speed. This is always the time of the year that I love to work on getting faster – the cool, crisp mornings make me feel like picking up the pace.
One of the ways I stay motivated in the winter months is to enter a few 5K’s. The shorter, faster distance fine tunes your strength and is generally a very good thing to do to increase your speed at any distance. The faster you are at the 5K, the faster you will be at the marathon, so don’t overlook short distance events even if you plan on eventually running a longer endurance race. Plus, having a race or two in my plan always helps me stay on course and follow through on workouts.
Maybe you’ve never run a race before and you’d like to run your first one. Training in winter can be challenging, but also rewarding. You can run in almost all weather, as long as you dress properly. The rule that I always follow is to dress for your run as if it were 20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature. However, many people move their training inside on the treadmill when the weather takes a turn. Nothing wrong with that, in fact, I have done this many times when conditions were less than perfect. Either way, indoor or out, winter running can be very rewarding. Not only are you out there working hard, but you are even more tough for conquering the elements.
Or, if you don’t care for running, you can do what my good friend Heather does and go for a bike ride.
Seriously, though, if you’d like to run your first 5K, I’d like to help. Here is a training plan for someone who has just starting running. Make 2015 the year you achieve your fitness goals.
As with any new fitness program, always consult with a physician before you begin.
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What is your favorite winter workout? Do you prefer indoors or out?