Many may raise their eyebrows and their mouths may drop a bit when you tell them you are going for a run – outside – and its freezing. Well, I understand. There are plenty of things to love about a winter run – not only are the running clothes super cute (I am not ashamed to admit it), but no one is in your way! That said, you face your challenges, too, given the sub-arctic temps. Battling those winter woes will be easier when you keep a few things in mind!
Take extra time to warm up
It will take the body a little longer to warm up, so don’t forget to give yourself the time to do so. You can also throw your clothes in the dryer to give a little boost in the right direction.
Get the RIGHT apparel
You should try to dress 15 to 20 degrees warmer than what it is outside. This will allow your body temperature to adjust, and you won’t overheat. If you are feeling extra hot all bundled, shed a layer (make sure to have a few of these so it is easy to shed one if you are too warm). Also, make sure to wear moisture-wicking clothing, as this will prevent sweat from freezing and will keep you dry and warm! Don’t forget your hat and gloves, as you lose the most heat from your head and about 30 percent from your hands and feet!
Run during the lightest, warmest part of the day
Now, running during the lightest and warmest part of the day, which is usually around noon, isn’t always possible since many of us those little things called jobs. But, if you can swing it, try to run during the between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Running with the sunshine on your face will almost make you forget about winter (almost!).
Finally, if it’s too icy, don’t risk it! The treadmill gets the job done, too.