How to keep running in winter

Coach Martin Yelling shares his tips

Fair weather runner? Don't be daunted by the drop in temperature. Coach and runner Martin Yelling shares his tips for getting out when you'd rather stay in...

Get a goal

The hardest steps to take are often the first ones up and off of the sofa. Having a clear goal really helps your crystallise your purpose. Write it down, stick it on the fridge door and use your goal as a reminder to hit the streets. Check out Martin's tips on pacing for a race at humanrace.co.uk

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Dress to impress

This doesn't mean going on in your Friday heels but it does mean making an assessment of the weather conditions and being prepared. If you've got the right kit for the job then your workout is so much more enjoyable. Winter gear is now functional and high performing. Layer up and choose kit to keep you warm and dry but also cool and comfortable.

Keep it short and go faster

Remember that some running is better than no running. You don't need to go out for hours at a time. A little higher intensity running really gives you a great workout in a relatively short time period (20-30mins). You'll also feel much better about yourself when you come back in from your run having made the effort to get out for it. Make it count.

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Go with others

Even for the most motivated going solo can be tough all the time. Running with others, and agreeing to meet at a certain time and place means you're more committed to being there regardless of the weather. You wouldn't want to let your best running pals down. Find friends to run with.

Don't think or procrastinate.

Just do. Sometimes we can talk ourselves out of doing something amazing before we've done it. Don't give yourself time to think about how the weather is getting you down and keep putting it off. Instead, crack on and get it done. Lace up your shoes and get going.

Martin Yelling is an ambassador for the Human Race Pace Series which is a series of runs aimed at educating runners on improving pace. Sign up for the next event- Race Your Pace on 15 February at www.humanrace.co.uk/running