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)