20 Running Tips For Winter, Streaking + Negative Splits

Running Tips For Winter, Streaking + Negative Splits

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Winter is here and it can be hard to stay motivated on cold, snowy, dark-too-early days. But in the last few years, I’ve found that winter is one of my favorite times to train. Where I used to hibernate over the holidays, I’ve grown to love winter runs. Marrying a Canadian will do that to you. Don’t get me wrong: there are few things I hate more than running in 38-degree rain. But I find the mix of cold, brisk outdoors runs and focused treadmill work on a dark evening more invigorating than the summertime equivalent of sweltering, humid outdoor runs or treadmill workouts when it’s bright and sunny, but too hot outside.

So here are a few of my latest stories at SHAPE.com meant to pump you up for winter running, with lots of running tips from experts in the know.

Running Tips For Winter, Streaking + Negative Splits

Rocking my run streak in New York City’s Central Park. (Photo: RunKarlaRun.com)

Your Guide to Cold Weather Running

Don’t let frigid temps stop you from getting the most out of a workout! From warm-up exercises to running essentials and how to adjust your stride, follow these 10 running tips to make the most out of your winter run.

Read all 10 tips at SHAPE.com.

How to Complete a “Running Streak”—Safely

Holiday running streaks are popular. I know, I’ve done two myself, logging 46 days in a row at the longest. But running every day certainly isn’t for everyone. Experts explain how to make this winter motivation strategy a healthy—not harmful—habit with key running tips.

Check it out at SHAPE.com.

Running Tips For Winter, Streaking + Negative Splits--Race Report: GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon 2014

Victory in Philadelphia (RunKarlaRun.com)

5 Tips to Run Negative Splits For Positive Results

I ran a 4-minute negative split at the GORE-TEX Philadelphia Half Marathon to run my fastest 13.1 in more than two years. And I did it after writing this article. These running tips from expert coaches were in my head the entire race. In other words, they really work. I even got a new mantra from it: Last Mile, Fastest Mile. Training your body to start slow will help you finish faster (and happier!) at your next race.

Learn how you can do it too at SHAPE.com.

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Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.

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  1. 1

    I’d rather run in any weather over humid weather so I’m happy for the cooler weather. I hope to run some fast finish long runs soon (mentioned in the post you linked to) while training for a February marathon and would love to PR, too!
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    • Karla Bruning

      I LOVE progression runs and fast finish long runs. I’d been doing them regularly this fall. They really work! Good luck with training!

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    Great tips!! I liked the streaking article as I’ve been attempting to keep myself motivated through streaking. And I really appreciated the negative split article as I am the queen of starting out to fast and justifying it with the excuse that I’m banking time! But guess what happens? I generally crash. It is a good reminder that starting out slower than you want to can really pay off.
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    • Karla Bruning

      I’ve done the banking time thing to death, too, and it rarely works for me. Over the years I’ve come to realize that what 99% of coaches say is true: negative splits are the way to go! In this case, slow and steady (at least to start) really does win the race!