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How to train this winter for a spring marathon

Your teeth may be chattering, but it’s time to lace up your running shoes and start training for spring marathons. They’re only a few months away.

Whether your motivation is enjoyment, challenging yourself or completing a New Year’s resolution, you don’t have to wait for warmer weather to start working toward your goal. Right now is an ideal time.

Keep these tips in mind as you train.

An indoor workout is fine

It may involve walking on a treadmill in your living room, or you may enjoy the hustle and bustle of a gym. With several sporting goods stores and gyms in Cape Girardeau, you’re sure to find ideal equipment for your workout routine.

You could also find extra support by joining a fitness class offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

 If you’re feeling brave, face the cold

Don’t worry – running in winter doesn’t cause pneumonia. In fact, conquering a harsher climate will make summertime running seem easier because you’ve already built up your endurance.

Invest in seasonal gear

Don’t try to run in shorts and a tank top when it’s freezing outside. It won’t work very well. Instead, stock up on lightweight, windproof clothing – including a jacket – to stay warm while you run. Also make sure your shoes have good traction and that you carry gloves.

Stick to your training schedule

Whether you’re training indoors or outdoors, you won’t always want to work out. In fact, sometimes you’d rather face a charging grizzly bear. But the effort will be worth it at the finish line.

Stay hydrated

Your body needs water in winter too. But it’s probably getting quite a bit of cocoa and coffee. You may not feel as thirsty during cold weather, but your body still needs the same amount of water as during the summer to stay optimally healthy.

Be smart

Training outdoors in cold weather presents more obstacles than training in summer. So make sure you play it safe. For instance, don’t try to run on ice. And if a snowstorm is coming, consider exercising indoors. It’s always best to err on the side of caution.

Start planning your spring marathons by checking our events page to see what’s coming up.

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