Did I mention that I’m a complete wuss when it comes to running outside?? I am! On that very same note I really detest running on a treadmill…. So I decided to give running outside a chance, so I did a little research to make the most out of (in my opinion)an unpleasant scenario. So I’m sharing with you lovely peeps some of tips and tricks I came up with!! To keep you perfectly toasty and comfortable when running in the snow and cold icky weather! (Well as comfortable as you can be…)
First off its all about wearing layers!! You want to start with a loose fitting long sleeve wicking base layer. Such as DriFit, Thinsalute, Thermax or other such brands. This will allow you to wick your sweat away and keep you dry and warm. DO NOT WEAR a cotton base layer this will leave you wet and cold… NOT a good combo .
Second you’ll need a wind or waterproof layer. You’ll want one that will allow both heat and moisture to escape to prevent overheating or chilling. One with a zipper is optimal to allow you to adjust for the proper exposure and you can self regulate temps as needed.
You’ll also want to wear close fitting long running pants or leggings. Your legs generate the most heat so you don’t need as many layers. Just stick with a synthetic material.
Wear a HAT! As they say you lose a ton of heat from that region! Wearing a warm hat will help keep you warm! A fleece or wool hat is best! If you start to overheat you can easily take of your hat off and tuck in the back of your pants.
You also want to wear gloves and nice NON Cotton socks– They have great wool socks now a days from merino wool that are da bomb!! They keep your footsies warm and toasty and actually prevent foot odor a win and a win!!!
Some other things to consider!
- Wear protective lip balm – the cold and the wind can chap those soft lips of yours
- DRINK your water! Do NOT forget just because your cold… your body still needs it!
- Give your body time to warm up and adjust walk briskly for a bit as your body adjusts to the cooler temps
- Stay Low.. Shorten your stride and your feet lower to the grounds this will help you better navigate the sometimes treacherous terrain.
- This may seem like a no brainer…but I’m gonna say it anyway avoid running on packed snow and ice this will help keep you running instead of ending up with a good ole’ injury…