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Top 10 Tips for Cold Weather Running

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With winter fast approaching, the idea of going running during those cold days and nights may not be very appealing. The last thing that you want is to give up on your regular exercise routine. So how can you get through the winter season, without freezing to death? Read on for our top 10 tips for cold weather running.

Top 10 Tips for Cold Weather Running

There are many things that you can do to ensure that your exercise routine stays intact for the duration of the winter season.

1. Stay Motivated
Maintaining motivation throughout the season is the best way to stay on track. If you have a running partner, it’s the best way to stay motivated. Having a partner prevents you from bailing on your running just because it’s cold outside. You can even plan on getting a warm coffee or some hot chocolate afterwards as a reward for beating the cold weather.

2. Wear Reflective Clothing
With the winter season approaching that means that the days will be shorter. If you usually run later in the day, you might want to get some reflective clothing so that you are always seen while running. The snow banks make it difficult for you to be seen while running which could be dangerous.

3. Dress Warm
It goes without saying that when you’re out running, you should be dressed warmly. You want to avoid any slush getting into your shoes so make sure you have runners with very little mesh in them. It’s best to wear socks that will keep away as much moisture as possible.

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Wear reflective clothing and stay warm

You want to remain warm while your run without your sweat is causing you a chill. It’s always best to dress as if it’s 20 degrees warmer than it is, to keep the chill away. Being cool when you start is okay as long as you have enough clothing on. The layers that you choose should be able to wick away your sweat and wear clothing that has a zipper at the neck. A hat and mittens are also essential to your running gear.

4. Always Warm up
You don’t want to start your run with cold muscles; it can cause an injury. It’s best to warm up so that you will have loose muscles for your run. Before you go out for your run, move around inside your home to get your blood flowing, but not enough to break a sweat. You can jump rope, run up stairs or even do some yoga to warm up. The cold won’t feel so bad if you are warmed up so there is less chance you will bail on your exercise. If you are meeting friends avoid sitting around and talking, because you will cool down quickly.

5. How to Beat the Wind
Running in the wind can cause you to get cold quickly, never mind the discomfort it would bring. It’s best to start off your run with the wind blowing towards you and finish your run with it to your back. This way the breeze won’t be in your face after you started to sweat. If the wind is particularly bitter, then you can run in increments. Start running towards the wind for 10 minutes and then turn around and run for five minutes, giving yourself a break. Go back towards the wind and keep repeating until your run is complete. If you have to you can seek out protection from the wind, so stand behind a building or a tree if necessary. Always protect your exposed skin at all times, to make sure that you avoid frostbite.

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6. Keep Your Feet Warm
Wear good socks when it comes to running in the winter. That last thing you want is for your feet to get cold. There is going to be wet snow to deal with, and you want to avoid getting your feet wet. Wear protective socks that will keep moisture out.

7. Don’t Overdo It
You don’t want to overdo your speed when you are running in the winter. When you run in the cold, you want to work on maintenance, not speed. You want to focus on finding places that the air will be warmer, places that are elevated. Elevated running can make a big difference when it comes to battling the elements. Also, try to run during the day when it’s warmer, avoid running at night unless you absolutely have to. If you typically run long distances, then break up your run and do part of it during the day and the other part at night.

8. Change Immediately After Your Run
Make sure that you change as soon as your run is over. Your temperature will drop immediately after your run, which is why you should change immediately. You don’t want to get the chills so change all of your clothes as soon as you get in. Take off a wet sports bra and put a hat on if your hair is wet. The best thing you can do post-run is to drink something hot. Many people hit up a coffee shop after their run to warm up.

9. How to Survive the Rain
Some of you live in wetter cities than others and running in the rain can be a challenge at times. Always have spare clothing in your car just in case. Use plastic bags inside your shoes to prevent your feet from getting soaked. If you have extra runners, then rotate them.

10. Seek Out Warm Places
There are many places throughout the country where warm running is an everyday occurrence. Obviously, you can’t move just to be able to run in a warmer place, but you could travel around for marathons. There are seven marathons alone in Florida during the month of February, but it’s a whopping 26 miles. There are also marathons that occur in Los Angeles as well as in Arizona.

Take these tips to heart and use them when you decide to go for a run. They will help you to survive the cold weather and help you to enjoy your exercise routine.

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