For more than a decade, Tim Salvesen has worked in the finance and accounting field. A licensed CPA, he serves as vice president of accounting and controller at GridLiance in Illinois. In his free time, Tim Salvesen enjoys running.
Running in the cold requires a great deal of motivation and commitment. One of the best ways to keep this level of motivation is by finding a group of runners to hold you accountable. If this is not possible for your schedule, try making a deal with yourself. If you stay outside for at least 5 minutes, then you can go back inside if the weather is that bad. More often than not, you will likely just stay outdoors. If you have the motivation to run, then you also need the proper clothes and protection. Wear shoes that limit the water infiltration and dress warmly. A good rule of thumb is to dress for weather that is 20 degrees warmer than it really is. This allows you to stay warm without overheating once you start sweating.
Beyond motivation and attire, winter running can come with a few added safety measures. Since it usually gets darker during winter, try switching your runs to daylight hours. This keeps you from running in the dark and makes it easier to see cold-weather dangers such as large puddles or ice. If you see any areas that you suspect have ice, slow your run to a walk across the area. Finally, you can reduce the extra chill of wind by finishing a run with the breeze at your back.