The “real” winter that so many have been waiting for has finally arrived to Sweden. Warmer clothes, colder fingers and something warm to drink are things that are typical for a distance run in wintertime. These distance runs are the first thing I think about when someone mentions winter training and the thought of that perfect run gives me a good feeling. I have a picture of these winter trainings as really cozy and trouble-free, but in reality it is not that simple. That’s why I am going to give you my best advice for a successful distance run!
- Run with others. It doesn’t matter if it’s with your best friend or with someone from your club that you don’t talk to that much, just run with someone. If it’s with your best friend, you’ll probably have a lot of stuff to talk about, and if you run with someone you don’t know that well, you’ll probably have something to talk about anyway. Why not get to know people at the same time as you’re training? Talking to someone is also a good indicator that you’re keeping the right pace.
- Fluids. In Tullinge there is always someone who makes hot lemonade for the distance run, but if that’s not possible you could always ask a friend or a parent that surely would want to help. It’s a nice feeling, knowing that sometime during the training you’ll get a glass of hot lemonade, and it doesn’t matter how cold it is outside, that glass of lemonade will warm you inside and out.
- Use warm socks. I believe everyone knows the feeling when you are trying to avoid that cold bog or trying not to sink through the ice, but you fail. The ice cold water makes your foot so cold that you no longer can feel it, and you don’t know when you will again. So use warm socks (and other clothes), then you don’t have to worry.
- Heat up the sauna before you leave. That can be a source of motivation when you’re out running. When you are done with your training, there is nothing better then laying down, cold and tired, in the sauna. End of discussion.
- ENJOY! It’s often very nice during the distance trainings and the longer you are out, the more you’ll see. Before you know it, it’ll be summer again and somewhere in your comfortable, unproblematic summer you’re missing that cold winter distance run.