As a runner, I can confidently say that there's nothing quite as soul-satisfying as a long, sweaty run in the summertime. But for me, months of freezing temperatures, rain, and snow often mean my winter workouts are confined to my cozy local yoga studio. It's hard to complain about that.
The one downside of this is that by the time I lace up my sneakers and hit the pavement again, running isn't exactly easy. One year I went too hard too fast and ended up with a hamstring injury; another time I found the whole experience so exhausting that I didn't run all summer.
If this sounds familiar to you, take heart in knowing that you're not alone—and there is a way to ease back into running safely and comfortably.
Here's what you need to know.