Gear Up for Spring Training

Posted on Apr 12, 2023, by

By: Amanda Vander Logt, ACY Group Fitness Coordinator  

Being a runner in Wisconsin has its challenges as winter brings harsh and more difficult running weather. While some people enjoy running in all temperatures and terrain, many find themselves turning to the treadmill to get their run in when it’s frigid and icy outside. While winter may feel long and neverending, the good news is that spring is here and warmer weather is on the horizon, which means people can get back to their outdoor running routines. Here are some tips for transitioning from winter to spring running:  

  1. Update your running shoes.
    Get yourself a new pair of shoes for the new season. Most pairs of shoes should last 300-500 miles, which is about 4-6 months if you average 20 miles a week; and with warmer temps, you will most likely increase the distance of your runs, logging more miles.  
  2. Update your running gear.  
    This time of year, you will need to dress in lighter layersMornings are cool and afternoons are warm but it’s still Wisconsin so you may still need to be prepared for snow, sleet, rain and wind. Don’t pack away your winter hats and mittens just yet but do make sure you check the forecast before you head out. 
  3. Watch your footing.  
    Weather changes mean the road conditions can vary as well. Watch out for black ice, sidewalk & parking lot ice, slush, wet melting snow and standing water areas. All it takes is one slip and you could be sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
  4. Increase your mileage gradually.  
    Avoid an overuse injury by increasing your mileage slowly and steadily. It’s also beneficial to add crosstraining workouts into your routine to avoid injury with activities such as yoga, cycling and strength training. The YMCA of the Fox Cities is a great option for crosstraining as they provide a comprehensive list of classes that promote cross-training, as well as a professional staff of personal trainers to help you get the most out of your runs. Most overuse injuries in runners are because of inadequate recovery between runs, muscular imbalances and improper footwear.
  5. Sign up for a race! 
    Enjoy the warmer months of training with your running friends and set a common goal. Having a common goal keeps you accountable. Races are a great motivator to ease back into a regular running routine. And…running races with friends is FUN!  

It doesn’t matter if you continued your runs outside all winter long, or if you came in from the cold, these tips will help you make an easy transition to spring weather running. So, get out there take in the fresh air, and for a particularly beautiful change of scenery try trail running on the Bruce B. Purdy Nature Preserve at the Apple Creek YMCA, because running in nature just feels a little better!   

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