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Winter Running- How to Brave the Cold Comfortably

Winter Running- How to Brave the Cold Comfortably

Winter running

 

I get crazy looks from my neighbors when they are out walking their dogs and I am all geared up in my reflective clothing, running at 4am – rain or snow, even below 15 degrees.  I really enjoy running in the winter time and always have.   Though I must admit, sometimes the idea of running in horrid conditions doesn’t sound appealing – even to someone who loves running as much as do.  But I get over that pretty quickly – once I am out in the fresh air and moving my legs, it feels like bliss.

Dropping temperatures and less daylight hours don’t mean that your running regimen has to come to a screeching halt.  Running during the colder months can help you focus on speedwork, boost energy levels and keep your fitness level up once spring rolls around and we shed layers of clothing!

Here are some tips for winter running:

 

1/ Dress appropriately – Layering up is key.  You want to dress warm enough, but not overdress.  That is why layering works so well.  Wear sweat wicking tops so that it will suck the moisture off your body and help to keep you warm.    Wear bottoms that are lined with fleece on the inside to keep your legs warm.  If it is raining or snowing, you will want to wear bottoms that are wind and waterproof.   If you are running in the dark, make sure to always wear reflective clothing so that motorists will be able to see you.

Make sure to wear gloves and a hat.  A warm, insulated hat will make all the difference and keep the heat within your body.    

Here is a list of my favorite winter time gear:

Women's R-Gear Second Wind-Front Pant $79.99 – I have run in pouring rain in these pants and they keep me warm and dry (Road Runner Sports)

Women's R-Gear Run On Rain Jacket $59.95- I love this jacket – it is moisture wicking, so keeps me dry and comfortable on my long runs (Road Runner Sports)

Women’s R-Gear Run Knit ready ear muff $17.99 (Road Runner Sports)

Lululemon Fresh Tracks Tight $118- I love this tight because it is sweat-wicking with fleece fabric brushed on the inside to keep warm

Lululemon Cadence Crusher Tight $118 – This tight has reflective details all around the leg to keep me visible on winter runs

2/ Warm Up – Once you get outside, it will be cold, so it helps to do some jumping jacks or jump rope in the house to get warm.  Or, walk briskly for 3-5 minutes before you begin to run.

3/ Make sure to stay hydrated. When running in the cold, sometimes you don’t sweat as much, but it is deceptive to think you don’t need to drink as much water. 

4/ Run with a friend!  Keep each other motivated and have fun on your workouts to stay fit during the winter months.

So you see, you can make winter running enjoyable so that it won’t be so hard to start up back in the spring.

 

For more information on running apparel, see below

 

Lululemon, The Grove at Shrewsbury

shop.lululemon.com

555 Broad St, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702

(732) 576-1586

 

Road Runner Sports

www.roadrunnersports.com

490 Broad St Ste 1, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702 · > 1000 mi

(732) 212-1165

 

 

Layer up to stay warm(Road Runner Sports jacket)

Heading out - be sure to stay hydrated during the run and throughout the day

Accessorize with cold weather gear (Road Runner Sports Ear muffs do the trick)

Lululemon Reflective Tights to keep you visible when running in the dark

Crack a smile...have some fun!  It will be Spring before we know it and you will already be on top of your game by staying fit throughout the hibernation season!

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