Baby it’s cold outside and you are training for a 1/2 marathon in this cold weather. Brrr! For me, the worse the weather the more I feel like a badass. In fact, this winter is no exception. It’s been frigid! Stay indoors and get those miles in on a treadmill, but if you prefer the outdoors here are some tips to make your outdoor training miles more bearable.
Cold Weather Running Tips
Protect your skin
Not just your exposed skin, all of your skin. My first layer is always moisturizer. Lubriderm all over, heavy lotion on my face, and Burt’s Bees on my lips. It’s very windy where I train and I find that this first layer keeps the wind from cutting through to my bones. (more…)
Currently, my training is focused on my next event; Martian Invasion of Races 1/2 Marathon. The big day is April 13th in Dearborn, Michigan. The most thrilling part is that for the 5th time I will be running a 1/2 marathon with a pace group. Why this event? For me, I do well with big goals to keep me on track with my training. This one sits perfectly on the calendar to force winter runs. Other reasons to run this race: the course is stellar, the earthlings are fun to run with, and the costumes are out of this world.
Why You Should Run Your Next 1/2 Marathon With a Pace Group
Run even splits
A huge benefit of running with a pace group is that pacers will run even splits. This will optimize performance for distance runs and help you run a better race overall. To make this work for you it is crucial that you select wisely. For instance, if you choose a pace group that is too fast, you may burn out too soon in the race and risk not finishing. (more…)