Last week, I started a mini-series on Cold Weather Running where I try to address the many aspects of running in cold weather (du’h!).
How do you motivate yourself to get out when it is cold?
What do you wear?
What are somethings that are rarely mentioned when it comes to cold weather running?
This post is the second in the cold weather running series. (I could share them all in one big post, but this makes for a more consistent posting as a series for my NaBloPoMo November challenge.)
So you motivated yourself to successfully get up and run inspite of the cold outside and the warmth of the couch/bed beckoning you. The hardest first step is done!
Dress in Layers with Technical/Wicking Ts
Avoid Overdressing – Dress for the Heart of your Run
If you feel comfortable when you start your run, you are overdressed. You will warm up when you start moving and overdressing will make you sweat more; which in turn will make you feel more cold.
How much or how little to wear depends on your comfort level, but check the Runner’s World What to Wear tool for a guideline.
Protect your Fingers and Toes
- Gloves – If you run with your smartphone, opt for a pair that has touchscreen friendly fingers. I love my Mizuno Breath Thermal gloves, but just this month got a pair of Head gloves with fingertouch from Costco. I didn’t know how I managed before!.
- Handwarmers – Sometimes even the thickest gloves doesn’t do it for me so I always have hand warmers ($1/pack at Target or Dollar Stores) to keep my fingers toasty.
- Smartwool Socks – The feeling of frostbitten toes (not that drastic, but close) is one of the most painful! The BEST wool socks I’ve had for cold running. So awesome that Mr. FauxTriathlete tried to pass them off as his office socks!
Protect your Head and Ears
- Ear Warmers – These are just bands that cover your ears. They usually have a little extra coverage where the entire ear is covered.
- Beanie – When the temperature goes down further, a beanie helps cover the head. A favorite with girls with long hair is one with a ponytail slot.
Protect your Core
- Fleece Jacket (I have a $5-10 one from Old Navy). I’ve seen a lot of people run with puffer vests. Luckily, Atlanta doesn’t get that cold for me.
- Warm Jacket (Nike Elements protects me from everything!)
- A Wind Vest (The Brooks vest is lightweight and perfect for a windy, but not too chilly run)
There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Go out there and enjoy your run in the Winter Wonderland!
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