Friday, December 6, 2013
Winter doesn't have to ruin running. Here are 5 tips to for a fun and frost-bite free season of training outdoors!
1. If it touches your skin, it should wick. Half the battle of winter running isn't staying warm, it's staying dry. Wearing a moisture-wicking base layer on every surface or your body is the first line of defense against Father Winter.
2. Invest in at least one serious 'element-proof' jacket. A good wind-proof and water-repellent jacket is worth its weight in gold when it comes to those blustery days with chances of 'wintery precipitation'.
3. Accessorize. Your head, hands, and feet may account for a very small percentage of your overall body surface, but you'll still be turning back early from a run if any of these get too cold. A proper hat that covers the ears, a mask or balaclava for your face, wind-blocking gloves or mittens, and thick moisture-wicking socks are all musts. A bit of Dermatone on the cheeks and nose can help prevent frostbite and windburn. And for men, add wind-briefs to that list of essential accessories.
4. Take action- choose traction. Slippery conditions are not only frustrating, they can be dangerous too. Fight back with traction aids, such as Yaktrax, or check out a good pair of trail shoes to get some extra grip out there. Plus trail shoes provide a little extra warmth.
5. Respect your environment. A healthy attitude towards winter running can take you a long way. Be smart about where and when you run, light your path and wear proper visibility gear in low-light conditions. Also remember that uneven footing and all those extra layers of clothing will decrease your pace, but not your effort. Don't force it, think of it as strength-building!