By Monica Harvey for RTBR
Sticking to those new years resolutions or training goals for a race can be difficult when the weather is less than desirable.
It’s hard to enjoy that long run when it gets dark at 5:30 p.m. on a snowy Monday after work. So we are providing some tips to help you get through the coldest months of the year.
Before you head out
- Drink some water. It may be cold outside but that doesn’t mean you should stop hydrating.
- Stretch and warm up your body indoors.
- Check the weather conditions.
Plan your route accordingly
- If it's been snowing then you’ll want to run along plowed or salted roads and paths.
- If it's super windy then you’ll want to avoid running in large open spaces.
- Avoid running on snow-covered trails. There’s more risk for injury.
Plan your layers of clothing
- Layers are key to running in the wintertime.
- Long sleeve base shirt and a pair of running tights.
- Socks – some runners prefer wool socks others layer with an ankle sock and knee-high socks over their tights.
- Hat or headband (bonus - layer both for extra warmth).
- Gloves (bonus - stick hand warmers inside your gloves).
- Fleeced lined, moisture-wicking, waterproof and wind-resistant are all good words to keep in mind when selecting winter running clothes.
Run or workout indoors
- Especially if the path is icy.
- Run on the dreaded treadmill.
- Visit an indoor track at a local gym or recreation center.
- Give your muscles a break and try biking or swimming.
- Consider running with a light or headlamp when running in the early mornings or evenings.
- Bright colors and reflective gear help others to see you better.
- Use Vaseline to protect areas of exposed skin like your face. Use body glide for more sensitive areas under your clothing to help prevent chafing.
- Indulge in a warm beverage and a meal after your run!
- Be smart, be safe and always listen to your body.