Summer heat and humidity is leaving us.
Starting the usual office/online talk about who's in a bad mood or got the blues. Lower natural light, time spent largely indoors, and a drop in movement creates a miserable concoction that can create bad vibes. The fight is real back, so feel better and go trail running outside.
Let your body recover its youthful glow. First get your headlights on. Most of us can only run early morning or after work so it is important to get lit up. My recommendation is that you get a rechargeable headlamp with the lumens that can really light up the trails. (Link)
When it comes to warmth think of layers! Ignore the urge to over-dress. It's fine to be cool to start. Trust that your body will warm up quickly when you start running and training will be more effective if you are not over-heating. A waterproof wind jacket is a good thing to pack.
Ready to go. Warm up slowly to get the body ready. Silly steps, fast feet, side to side steps, leg swings are all good ways to limber up before you hit your trail running paces.
Cooler days can fool you. Stay hydrated. We need water. Water needs varies from person to person but the average person requires about 2 1/2 litres of water each day just to replace what is lost due to normal body functions. Runners need more. Here is a link to my hydration godsend.
The best gear matters. Never take a short city or skimp on running shoes and take the time to get the right fit. That may mean going to a shop and trying models instead of relying on online. Getting close to a local sports shop is a good plan. Join a loyalty program if they have one so your informed on discounts and new models.
Remember will you feel great inside with lifted spirits from breathing a little harder in the cooler air; enjoy those endorphins that will disperse through the body as you kick up your heart rate. Enjoy the trails of winter!