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Winter Running and Workout Tips
Dress for Success (or at Least Warmth)
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Winter running can be great, but also scary. Especially if you live in a place where walkways aren’t cared for. Slippery conditions are a runners nightmare! Enter with caution for sure :)
Thank you for sharing this article
I'd rather walk in the rain than the cold.
I prefer to stay inside and wait until the spring or summer
Love the idea of putting things in the dryer
I too liked the dryer idea. However, I noticed you put to protect the extremities first, but also protect the torso first.
I enjoyed this article. I always had no issue with staying warm except for my hands. I finally got some Under Armour gloves this week that have helped quite a bit. Running outside is much more fun than the treadmill :)
Good article. I love to run in the winter, especially with the padded crunch of a fresh, light snow beneath my feet. Ditto on the advice to not overdress...your body is pretty darn efficient at producing heat when exercising. I usually aim to be slightly uncomfortable when I walk out the door, knowing that in 5 minutes I'll be real glad I didn't add on extra layers. Most of my winter running is in parks &/or on trails. That way I avoid cars. I don't like running in traffic to begin with, but much less so in the winter with slippery roads. Also, the colder the air, the more exhaust fumes linger by the roads due to higher air density -yuck. I also like to wear mid-weight wool blend socks on cold days. The wool breathes & wicks nicely, and also insulates well even when wet. For those who haven't tried running in the cold, give it a shot! You might be surprised at how addicting it can be. You've just gotta get past the first couple minutes of chill, and it's great from there.
The article is great and exactly what I needed to get me motivated to get back outside - I have missed exercising outdoors since the cold weather got here. One tip I will add is to remember sunscreen even in winter especially if going out in the snow because on a sunny day it reflects off the snow and can burn noses just like at the beach!
For the last few years I've trained outdoors through the winter months for spring events. I've gotten to the point where I couldn't imagine getting through a long winter without running. I think light layers are key... I always dress as if the outsided temp is 20 degrees warmer than what it actually is. That way when my body warms up it isn't too hot.
When it's really cold (below 20*) carry water bottles upside down. Pull jacket over water belt or camelbak. Pay attention and blow out the valves after drinking. Start with room temp. water or even nuke it for a minute before the run.
I joined an outdoor fitness class. FUN. Haven't mastered the clothing issue yet. Still get too hot. I ditched my cotton for this class.
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