7 tips for your winter training
11. December 2023

It can be a challenge to put on your running shoes when it’s cold, dark, and wet outside. Therefore, our digital editor, who has completed 147 marathons, has compiled his 7 best tips for maintaining your training during the dark season. Use the ones that work for you and have a great run.


1. Prepare in advance
Lay out your running gear the night before if you plan to train in the morning. Or do it in the morning if you intend to exercise when you get home from work or your studies. This way, you can jump straight into your running shoes, and your mind won’t have much time to come up with excuses to stay on the couch.

2. Commute running
There are many ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routines. For example, you can run to or from work – combining commute and exercise. If the distance is too far, you can ride your bike or use public transport part of the way and run the rest.

3. Do your warm up indoors  
It’s essential to warm up properly when it’s cold outside. While your muscles will cope fine because of increased blood circulation, tendons and joints always take longer. Complete your warm-up indoors so you can start your run as soon as you open the front door. Also, turn on your GPS watch in time so you don’t have to stand in the cold to wait for a signal.

4. Make plans
Schedule running appointments with friends, colleagues, or join group training sessions. Running with others is enjoyable and motivating, and it feels more obligatory to leave the house when someone is waiting for you.

5. Follow a program
Sticking to a running program is not exclusive to those aiming for a personal record. It’s also a great way to ensure you get your training done since you always know when, how far, and how fast you need to run. If you want to you can download one of our free programs here.

6. Enjoy your runs
You don’t have to push yourself to the limit with every run. It’s okay to run just to maintain fitness and preserve motivation. Consider it a gift to have an hour for running – not an obligation. Enjoy it.

7. Sign up for a race
Training without a goal is like participating in a race without a finish line. There’s nothing more motivating than having a race to look forward to. Right now we’re preparing next years ultimate running party – the Copenhagen Marathon 2024. We have a great spot behind the starting line waiting for you, so if you haven’t signed up for this blast of a running experience yet, you can do it right here.

We look forward to seeing you at the Copenhagen Marathon!