5 things to remember when running in the cold

It’s getting nippy out there. I confess. Even my northern climate trained body just wants to curl up under a blanket and drink hot chocolate with marshmallows. So as I am preparing for my morning run tomorrow and laying out my running gear (yup – I am that person!), I am taking notes on the 5 things to remember when running in the cold.

#1 DON’T OVERDO IT
Dress likes it is 20-30F warmer than it really is. So, if it it’s 40 degrees tomorrow morning, dress like it’s 60 degrees. Take a warm jacket and pants that you can wear before and after the run, but remember that during the run your body will warm up. 

#2 LAYER
Perspiration moves more easily through two thin layers than it does through one thick layer. A well-designed layering system keeps you warm and dry, yet still allows freedom of movement.

#3 BREATHE
Dress in moisture-wicking fabrics that draws sweat and perspiration from the skin and passes it on to the next layer. However, one wrong piece (i.e., non-breathable), and the layering system breaks down, which translates to unpleasant running in heavy, damp clothing.

#4 USE YOUR HEAD AND HANDS
Keep your head and other extremities (i.e., hands) covered when temperatures dip below 40F. You lose more than 50% of your body heat through your head.  

#5 FACE THE COLD
Remember to cover your face.  Consider buying a neck gaiter.Or you can always dab some Vaseline on your face.

A big thank you goes to my many coaches for these tips!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin

You may also like

Leave a Reply