The fact that you’re even considering running in the cold is impressive, so props to you for even getting to this article! Thankfully, running in the winter does not have to be miserable! All you need is a couple quick tips to get your through- and that’s what we are here for. Read below to find out how you can conquer running in the cold.
1. REMEMBER THE BUDDY SYSTEM
Have you ever heard the phrase “Misery loves company.”? If you set a plan to go running with a friend, it will be much easier to get out there and much easier to endure the cold when you have someone doing it with you. When you’re with someone, something that could seem miserable becomes laughable and enjoyable.
2. DRY FEET = WARMTH
Try to stay away from shoes with mesh and try to run in moisture-wicking socks. This will be so clutch! If your feet get wet and cold, your whole body will get colder!
3. SUIT UP
The key is to be warm but not so warm that you sweat. A good rule is to dress 20 degrees warmer. You should feel pretty cool when you start, but don’t worry – you’ll warm up! Try layers of moisture-wicking fabrics with zippers at the neck and underarm area to vent air as you heat up. Also, make sure you wear gloves or mittens and a hat.
4. WARM UP IN YOUR HOME
Run up and down your stairs, drink warm coffee, chase your dog, do some jumping jacks, whatever you are feeling! Doesn’t matter what you do, just get moving. This will make your initial encounter with the elements less extreme.
5. KEEP THE WIND IN MIND
It’s best to start your run going against the wind and finish with it at your back, so the breeze doesn’t blast you after you’ve broken a sweat. If you live in the city, running in between big buildings can help! To protect exposed skin, try something like Vaseline!
We hope these tips help! The last couple quick things are: remember to stay hydrated and if it is hard to breath at first, don’t worry, your lungs will get used to it! Also, remember to use compression socks or sleeves when you run in the cold. They will increase blood circulation, and in turn, warm the body. Last but not least, give yourself a pat on the back when you’re done. Running in the cold is no joke!