It’s easy to write off running on the bleh days of winter. Easy runs aren’t so important that you need to throw on five layers, are they? Probably best to rest through the cold and recharge for spring, right?
If that outlook sounds familiar, you’re missing a great opportunity. Winter footing might not always be so hot, but the colder months offer a great opportunity to build an aerobic base. This phase of training—consisting almost entirely of easy to moderate runs with a little dash of hills and speed thrown in—is the greatest predictor of future success in races ranging from the mile to the ultramarathon. It may lack the glamor of speed work, but nothing makes you faster than your base (and what’s in it).
To read more about building a solid base, click HERE!