Runners in winter conditions

Winter Running: How to Do It and Why You Should

Running in the Cold Weather Can Be a Good Thing

Ok, you love running. But do you not love the cold that Colorado has to offer in the coming months? You aren’t alone (though, some people do enjoy it). Many runners find it hard to keep up their routine when the temperature drops. But running in winter can be awesome (in addition to Frost Points!), if you know how to do it right. Keep reading for some tips on how to run in winter, and some reasons why you should.

Tips for Winter Running

  • Check the weather before you go. You don’t want to run into a blizzard or a slippery road. Dress for 10 to 20 degrees warmer than it is, because you will heat up as you run.
  • Start slow and warm up well. Your muscles need more time to get ready in the cold. Don’t go too fast or too far at first. Cool down properly to avoid cramps and soreness.
  • Wear something bright and shiny. The days are shorter and darker in winter, so make sure drivers can see you. Use a headlamp, a flashlight, or some reflective tape on your clothes.
  • Drink water. You might not feel thirsty, but you still need to hydrate. Drink some water before and during your run.
  • Have fun and be flexible. Enjoy the scenery and the fresh air. Don’t worry too much about your pace or your distance. If the weather is too bad or you feel unwell, stop and go inside.

Benefits of Winter Running

  • You burn more calories. Your body works harder to keep you warm and to move in different conditions. You can enjoy more cookies, bagels, donuts or hot chocolate without feeling guilty.
  • You boost your immune system. Running can help you fight off colds and flu by strengthening your natural defenses.
  • You improve your mood. Running can make you happy by releasing chemicals in your brain that reduce stress and anxiety.
  • You get more vitamin D. Sunlight can help your body produce vitamin D, which is good for your bones, your immune system, and your mood. And with all the sun we have here in CO…
  • You become a better runner. Running in winter can challenge you and improve your endurance, strength, and speed.


Running in winter can be a great way to stay fit and healthy, as well as to have fun and enjoy nature. You might find that winter running is not so bad after all. In fact, you might even love it. So, get together with a friend to get out there and run. Need winter running company? Post about in on Facebook in NoCo Running Forum! You might just find a new running buddy.

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