If you like to run regularly or you’re training for a spring race, you’re not going to wait around for the ice to melt and warmer weather. Let’s face it, that treadmill is just not the same. Unfortunately, it could take weeks…months for spring running, so, let’s face reality, bundle up, and get out there!
- Spray sneakers with a waterproof solution.
- Dress as if it’s about 15-20 degrees warmer than it actually is. This will prevent overheating when you start to sweat, but will keep you warm enough to keep on chuggin’.
- Wear a moisture-wicking base layer and add breathable layers. The first thing to get cold is the first thing to overheat: neck, head, and hands. Sport zippers, a pullover, and items of clothing that keep you warm, but allow for ventilation when you work up a sweat.
- Make sure your clothing is tight enough that it all stays in place, but loose enough that you can move freely.
- Keep your core warm. If the majority of your body isn’t warm, you won’t last. Wear a vest to add heat to your middle while keeping your arms free to move with your stride.
- Run during the warmest time of the day (around 2-3pm). If you’re going to run early in the morning or after dusk, be sure to wear reflective gear or a light, so that passing cars can see you clearly.
- Start running into the wind and finish with the wind on your back. You’ll be more comfortable before you start to sweat.
- Use the 3 W’s: be sure that your outer layer is warm, waterproof and wind-resistant.
- Get down with down, it’s hands-down one of the warmest and lightest materials you can wear.
- Wear gloves with grippers. Taking your gloves off to change your music is the worst. Grippers rock.
- On a snow day, opt for fresh snow rather than packed-snow, which can be very slippery.
- Don’t forget to hydrate. Just because it’s not hot out doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need to replenish water. Drink up as you wind down.
- Stretch. Your muscles will crave a post-run stretch, as the cold increases tightness.
- Have fun! If you don’t enjoy it, it’s just not worth it.
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