Although we’ve had some fairly nice days recently, we’re not out of the woods yet as far as winter is concerned. Whether you’re training for a spring marathon or are starting running as part of a resolution for 2016, here are some tips for getting outside and sticking with it when the weather turns nasty.
Layers are important for staying both warm and dry. Start with a base layer that will keep you dry. Cotton just absorbs sweat, so avoid it at all costs. Get a good technical top that will pull the moisture away from you skin, because if you’re wet, you’re cold. Next use a mid layer that will trap the heat and keep you warm. Finally, a jacket will keep the wind from cutting through, and will also keep you dry if it’s snowing.
Snow and ice can make running in the winter quite dicey. A product like Yaktrax slips right over your shoes and will dig into the ice to give you better footing. You can grab a pair from your nearest Runners Roost location. If you have an old pair of shoes that still have a little life left in them, you can even put sheet metal screws in your shoes.
Hydration is easy to forget about in the winter because you’re not as hot and don’t feel as thirsty, but you’re definitely still sweating and those fluids need to be replaced! It sometimes seems like a hassle to carry water with you in the winter, as it’s just one more layer you have to worry about. But, whether you are using a hydration belt or vest, it’s definitely worth it to have fluids with you, especially on those longer runs.
4. Be Seen!
If you have a regular day job, there’s a good chance you’ll be running in the morning or evening, and with shortened daylight hours, that means running in the dark. Headlights are helpful for you to see where you’re going, but they also make you more visible to cars. Still, don’t forget to wear something so you’re reflective on the back as well. Stay safe and make sure cars can see you from any direction.
Finally, it’s always helpful to run with some friends! They will keep you accountable, and knowing that they are waiting to meet you will help you get out of bed, even on the coldest mornings. Plus, you can share some great conversation while you’re running, to keep your mind off of the weather.