WINTER IS COMING (….its here already)
And sticking to an outdoor running plan/schedule can become more and more difficult as the winter months move along.
I wanted to share some tips for running in the cold.
1. Warmup Inside
Spending a few minutes warming up before your run can help a lot! Do a few bodyweight moves that will get your heart rate up, and your blood flowing. Jumping Jacks, Burpees, & High Knees are all solid choices
2. Dress For The End Of Your Run
Nothing worse than dressing super warm for a cold weather run, then being overly hot mid way through. What are you going to do with the extra jackets, and second layer of pants you have on? You know how your body feels during and at the end of you run. Dress for that
3. Invest In Cold Weather Gear
Tights, shirts, hats, gloves, underwear. Look into buying some running gear made specifically for cold weather. Key things to look for are Wind Resistant, Water Proof, Moisture Wicking.
4. With Snow, Stick To Main Roads
When it snows, you know the main roads/streets are the first to be cleared. So, if you plan a run after a snowfall, stick to those on your route.
|Im actually frozen in this picture|
Its a lot harder to tell that your sweating when its cold. But, you have to stay hydrated as if its warm. Make sure to get enough fluids in after your run.
Embrace the cold. You KNOW its cold. You KNOW the runs won’t be great. Your times, pace will probably be slower. But! Go run ANYWAY. Get it done. You’ll regret not going. And be glad that you did!