If you live in the Midwest or Northeast you are no stranger to the biting cold that can descend on us. Like many of you I love to run outside, but when the temperature drops you need to be prepared. Ensuring that you will be safe and happy during your run takes a little planning.
First it is essential that you invest in the proper running attire. Layers are the only way to go. A hat and gloves are a must, or at the very least a shirt that has finger holes. By covering your head and hands you will keep the majority of your body heat from escaping. I also think it is wise, and I did it this year, to invest in an outer layer
jacket. A jacket that is insulated and waterproof. This will help with the wind and snow. Lululemon came out with a great one this season called the ‘Draft Dodger jacket’. It even has reflective stripes! There is another one called ‘The Bundle Up jacket’, that is even heavier(my next purchase!).
Hydration is extremely important to pay attention to before and after a winter run. Your body is working overtime to keep warm and low temps can dehydrate you. Try to over hydrate the night before a run and always immediately after. This brings me to another important rule for winter running. Always have a dry layer with you. You may be sweating and warm after a run but once you stop your body temperature will drop fast. You will be wet and that is never a good combination. Ever wonder why after a marathon people are given insulated sheets regardless of the temperature? Your body temperature will drop whether its 80 degrees of 20.
I know some people reading this are thinking that running outside in 25 degree weather is crazy! But if you’re a runner nothing can really keep you inside! If you’re a runner or an outdoor athlete, please share any tips with us that use to keep warm.