Winter Is Here: Preparing for the United Airlines NYC Half

For those runners who have signed up for the 2019 United Airlines NYC Half, race day is fast approaching and it’s time to start training. Preparing for a spring race during the winter can be a challenge, which is why we are here to help you get into race shape.


Get Ready for Winter Running

Some runners struggle to stay motivated in the winter. “It is too cold” is a common complaint at this time, but during this #ResolveToRun season, it’s a great time to kick-start a new healthy you.

And with the United Airlines NYC Half right around the corner, there is no better time to get out and #ResolveToRun. To help stay safe and fit this training season—no matter the conditions—we have a few tips!

  1. Dress in layers. During winter, the right gear is key. Wear multiple layers, made of moisture-wicking fabric, and make use of hats and gloves. (Check out the official NYRR Run for Life collection by New Balance).

  2. As soon as your run is finished, change into warm, dry clothes.

  3. If weather conditions are unsafe, do a bodyweight circuit, yoga, or other non-running indoor exercise activity.

  4. Drink plenty of water—even when you are cold and don’t feel like it.

  5. Run with a friend for accountability and safety.

  6. Hit the stairs! Stair workouts are a staple of indoor training for track and field for a reason. They are great for building leg and glute strength.

  7. If it really is too cold to go outside and you just want to stay in and watch TV, stay active and do squats, lunges, wall sits, and other exercises during commercial breaks.

  8. Check out NYRR’s free resources including tips on injury prevention, group runs, training plans, and much more.

Train for a New PR

Personalized. Dynamic. Flexible. NYRR Virtual Training is all these things and more. Designed for your fitness level, experience, and schedule, this training program can be done wherever you are.

The United Airlines NYC Half Virtual Training Program runs for 10 weeks and will prepare you to run 13.1 miles through New York City. Willing to go the extra mile? You can sign up for Virtual Trainer Plus and in addition to your customized training plan, you will receive direct access to NYRR’s coaching staff.

Learn more about the United Airlines NYC Half Virtual Training Program.


NYRR Group Training

Training on your own during the winter months can be tough, but if you live in New York City, you don’t have to go it alone! With NYRR Group Training, you are surrounded by fellow runners and led by expert NYRR coaches. It is a great way to get in shape for race day. Group training classes are available in all five boroughs and with five different types of sessions, you will be able to select the right training for your goals.

The winter session has started, but you can still sign up!


Team for Kids

Are you registered to run with NYRR Team For Kids? Whether you are local in New York City or not, Team for Kids is committed to giving you all the support you need to cross the finish line in Central Park.

Check out the training resources available to you!



One-to-One Coaching

Completely personalized and focused on you: NYRR 1:1 Coaching puts you at the center of your training. Sign up and a NYRR Coach will reach out to find out all about your running past and present, and your goals. Then, based on this information, they will put together a training plan that you will work on together over the course of your meetings.

Learn more about 1:1 Coaching and register.

Classes at the NYRR RUNCENTER

The NYRR RUNCENTER offers indoor and outdoor classes for runners to work out, train, and learn together. Classes range from yoga and Zumba to group stretching and history runs.

If you are looking for a chance to expand your running knowledge, you can also check out seminars at the RUNCENTER. Learn about runner nutrition with recipe ideas, how to come back from and prevent injuries, and much more.

You can learn more about the RUNCenter and view the schedule of events.

United Airlines NYC Half Prep Series

United Airlines NYC Half runners are invited to attend this special series geared toward preparing participants for the race. Check the RUNCENTER calendar regularly for more events in the series and join us on January 21 to learn about how training and nutrition are connected as you get ready for the race.

Register now for United Airlines NYC Half Prep: Training & Nutrition Part 1


Authored By:

Katie Manzi

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