I've recently cultivated an interest in running, I've been doing it on and off for about 6 months now, but recently I've decided that I want to take this further and start entering races. I've seen that there is a marathon and simultaneous half-marathon in my nearest city (Plovdiv in Bulgaria) next April and I'd love to be able to take part, so I need to get training. I know I have to work hard on both my endurance and speed but there is just one small detail that I'm unsure on: Winter is coming.
I'm going to be doing most of my training in cold conditions. Right now it can be chilly here depending on the time of day, but it's fine. In a month or so though there is a fair chance it will be -10 degrees C (14F) or colder, maybe all the way down to -20 (-4F).
So with that in mind, should I get a treadmill for the really cold times and do my training indoors, or should I just wrap up, suck it up and get out and run in the snow? Which will be the best option to give me the best chance at doing well competitively next spring?
Thanks for the reply, I guess any training is good training. I'll keep running outside until it feels too cold to do so, then I'll get on the hamster wheel!
Just put your favorit music on your ear and dance like crazy on the rebounder :) :)
Look at what TVO does. He and many other runners run in snow shoes. If there is snow on the road, use snowshoes, otherwise run with your normal shoes and a few extra layers.
Treadmils are an option but I like socialising too much and find being inside MEGA boring lol!
I'm not going to say you shouldn't exercise at all when being outside when it's below 5ºC but alternate between inside and outside so you don't 'overdo it' outside, whatever that means for you.
Running outside when it's cold (preferably moderate amounts) is better than not running at all, in my opinion.