Its hard to believe how quickly its gotten cold outside! Hearing about how much snow that areas of the country have gotten, and seeing images of sleet and snow on the DC area weather report last night makes me a little sad. I’m not ready for winter to already be here!
But ready or not, winter is coming, which means that its time to start thinking about how to stay safe and healthy while running outside. Last year, I spent too much time running on the treadmill during the winter, and I’m going to try and have as much willpower as I can this winter to not always resort to the treadmill. Of course, there will be days when the treadmill is the safest option, in which case I’ll be relying on some of the tricks that got me through long runs on the treadmill last year.
So what can you do in order to stay safe when running outside in the cold?
1. Dress in layers.
Dressing in layers will not only allow you to keep yourself properly warm, but it will also allow you to strip layers if you become too warm once you get going.
2. Invest in a couple of thermal pieces.
Preston and I bought our first thermal running tops a couple of weeks ago in anticipation of how cold this winter is supposed to be. Unlike regular sweatshirts, thermal running gear will still allow your body to breathe, which is especially important once you’re warmed up and starting to sweat.
3. Keep hydrated.
Just because it isn’t warm outside doesn’t mean that you won’t be sweating. In fact, depending upon how many layers you wear its possible that you may sweat even more than you do in the spring and fall. The more you sweat, the more you need to replenish with water, both during as well as before and after your runs.
4. Don’t over exert yourself.
If you’re like me then you’ll likely find your lungs working overtime to keep you moving. Don’t overdo it, and find a balance between pushing yourself and taking it slow.
5. Watch out for road conditions, and run during daylight hours.
The colder it is the greater the potential for encountering ice, especially black ice. By running outside during daylight, it’ll be easier to keep your eyes out for black ice in order to avoid it.
QOTD: What tips do you have for running in colder weather?
As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up. Be sure to check out their posts as well!