Tips for Cold Weather Running

Tips for Cold Weather Running

 

  • Make a date. I do 90% of my runs with others (mostly because running with a buddy is awesome!). In the winter, that number is about 95%. When it’s cold it’s even easier than normal to bail on a run. However, it’s never easy to bail on a friend or a financial commitment (hello, marathon training program!)
  • Get some gear. When it’s cold, you need to dress the part. Keep in mind though that there are few things worse than overheating on a long run. I typically dress as if the weather is 20 degrees warmer than it actually is. This keeps me warm without overheating. If you are a bit chilly before you start running, that is a good thing. If you are completely toasty while you are standing still, chances are you will overheat.
  • Buy hand warmers – these have been key for me this winter. Keeping my hands warm is crucial – also I have had many runs this winter where the cold temps froze the water in my camelbak tube — solution: hold the tube with my hands (which are warm from the hand warmers) and the water returns to liquid form!

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