I have been known to avoid running in the cold wind or cold rain or cold, windy rain with the best of them. Retreating to my treadmill when the weather isn’t great. I can run in bad weather, though, and have many times.
Right now you may have no choice about running outside in bad weather if you want to keep running.
Here are my three must haves to have a good bad weather run
Attitude is number one for a reason! If you dread getting out there when the weather isn’t gorgeous — guess what? You’re probably going to hate your run. Let’s face it: how often is the weather gorgeous? Maybe if you live in HI or CA a lot. I can tell you up here, in upstate NY, really nice days are few and far between.
I know if I’m dreading a bad weather run, I’ll procrastinate. no doubt hoping whatever nastiness is going on outside will blow over. I may hate every step if the weather doesn’t get better. I’ll ask myself why I thought running was a good idea in the first place.
If I embrace the mindset that it’s only the first step that’s hard, I am more likely to get myself out the door quicker. I am much more likely to feel it’s really not as bad as I thought it was — it rarely is (although there are days it’s worse, I won’t lie to you!). I might actually enjoy my run, bad weather and all.
Attitude is everything!
2. The Right Gear
Attitude may be everything, but again, I’m not gonna lie: the right gear makes a bad weather run more, well, weatherable. When you get your outfit right, you will realize that you can not only run in bad weather, you can enjoy bad weather runs.
3. A Goal
Why would you ever run in bad weather if you didn’t have a goal in mind? It really doesn’t matter if the goal is big or small, it just matters whether or not it motivates you.
- Maintain your base
- Keep a running streak alive
- Train for a goal race
- Meeting up with friends for a social run
- Maintain your weight
- Yummy food you might pass on if you didn’t run
- Get healthy
- Decrease stress
What outfit advice do you have for bad weather runs?
How do you motivate yourself out the door when the weather isn’t nice?
What goals keep you running, no matter the weather?
This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.