Forget about a White Christmas- it’s a White Halloween! There’s snow on the ground, we haven’t reached temps above freezing in almost two weeks, and all the Canadian Geese have headed south for the winter.
I ride on my bike trainer once the weather turns. I’m a fair-weather golfer. And although I love to ski, when it’s cold I spend more time warming up in the chalet than I do on the mountain. Running is different story.
You’ll catch me out there when it’s cold, when it’s sleeting, when it’s snowing, when the wind is howling, and when skin can freeze in mere minutes.
All it takes is the right clothing, the will to run, and the understanding that you’ll be slower!
Here are my five top tips to help you enjoy running outside through a cold winter:
- Protect your feet. Along with thick, wicking socks, find running shoes with Gore-Tex. Last year was the first year I had Gore-Tex shoes (Nike Air Pegasus GTX). They protected my feet from the wind and wet, and had better grips.
- Layer, layer, layer (next week I’ll delve more into winter running clothes). Wear technical gear, and be sure to layer up.
- Glow. If you work days, you’ll most likely be running in the dark during winter. Snow banks that can hide pedestrians and slippery roads also factor in to your safety. Buy clothes with reflective strips on them, and buy running lamps, lights, or reflective bands. Although most jackets and shoes have reflection on them, I like to double up. I have arm band lights that I wear, along with reflective straps I can put on my arms, wrists, or ankles.
- Be wind-wise. When it’s below freezing, wind can drastically affect the temperature. If it’s windy, run a route so the wind is at your back at the end of your run once you’re wet with sweat.
- Get naked. Get out of your damp clothes as soon as you get home! Your body temperature will drop once you stop, so you’ll catch quite a chill if you stay in your wet clothes. If you can’t fully change, at least take off your wet sports bra.
Check back next Wednesday for a blog strictly about winter running clothing, as there’s a lot you can wear to protect yourself from the elements, from head to toe!
Do you have any tips to add? Do you run in the cold or switch to the treadmill when temperatures dip?