I am starting over like many do this time of year. So far, we have been blessed with relatively good winter running weather. The temperature is normal and snow has been under 37 inches in a single weekend. So I implore you to get out the door and enjoy the chance to be running in a Wisconsin winter.

Here are a few things I forget every year about running in Wisconsin winters and getting back into a routine that can maybe help you, too.

  1. When windy & snowy…wear a brimmed hat to block the snow. Either under or over regular winter running hat.
  2. How to dress for certain distances:

The “recommendation” is to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer, but there is a little more to that;

– How far are you going?

– What is the wind direction?

– What time of day?

– What equipment are you wearing?

– How do you like to feel when you are running?

All of these simple, yet important, questions go into what pieces and the layers you wear.

3. SUPPORT! How important a friend or spouse is to make a more consistent running regiment happen.

4. Find ways to keep the running ember going. Some suggestions: Plan to train for a race (Badger State 10k and Door County Half Marathon are great spring suggestions), or a new piece of apparel.

Also, everyone needs a good pair of shoes. For training, general lifting, running indoors, etc…They help the hurt feel a little bit better.

5. Running parties! Yes – they do exist! Our VIP Night, and the Cellcom Green Bay Marathon kick-off are two coming up in the near future.

6. Mix up your training to keep it interesting on the un-runable days:  Bike trainers, workout classes, yoga, whatever it may be… consistency is key throughout the year!

Give us your tips for surviving running through the winter in Wisconsin and getting back into a fitness routine.

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