If you live in an area where you get all four seasons, you most likely have a favorite season for running outdoors. If running in the cold is something you steer clear of, it’s just a matter of preparation in order to enjoy it more.
Running during cold weather months doesn’t have to be awful. Even if you prefer the warm sunny days of summer, running in the cold can become enjoyable as long as you’re prepared properly. You may even look forward to getting in a run on a snowy day.
Follow these tips to make running in the cold more enjoyable:
Dress Appropriately For The Weather
It’s important to dress appropriately for any season, but in the harsher, colder weather of winter it’s important to prevent windburn, frostbite and hypothermia.
Dress in layers and wear technical clothing, which will draw sweat way from your body. This will keep you drier and more comfortable while you run. If you wear a cotton shirt as your first layer against your skin, it will hold on to sweat, keeping your skin wet. Wet skin will make you cold and uncomfortable.
A windproof jacket, hat and thin gloves will also help keep you warm, and can be easily removed if you need to cool off.
Don’t Forget The Sunglasses
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean the sun isn’t shining. Protect your eyes the same way you would in the summer. Sunblock can also be applied to any exposed skin if you plan on being out for an extended amount of time.
Remember To Do Your Warm-Up
Warm-up before all exercises with a dynamic warm-up so that your body is prepared for the workout. During the winter months, I like to start my warm-up indoors so that I’ll be more comfortable when I get outside.
Some days just aren’t made for running outdoors because of the weather or temperature. And that’s OK. Use your best judgement and adjust your schedule when you need to. Runs can always be rescheduled for another day or be run on the treadmill.
Racing in the Cold
Racing doesn’t just happen in the warm summer months. The winter months are a great time to get out and race. Just be sure to check a bag or leave a bag with a friend or family member that has warm dry clothes to change into after the race.
No matter what the temperature, remember to stay hydrated when you exercise and race. You may not feel as thirsty compared to hot days, but you can still become dehydrated on cold days.
Leave a comment. What’s your favorite season for running?
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