It looks like 2014 is going to start with some nasty weather. Some of us woke up this morning with the first dusting of snow, and forecasts are calling for a major snow storm starting tonight.
Here are some winter running some tips from your friends at New York Running Company:
Dress warmly – Use layers, starting with a long-sleeve wicking tee. Remember that you will get warmer as you run, so dress for 15 degrees warmer than the actual temperature. Look for wind blocking apparel. Some runners will wear a lightweight outer layer that they can remove during a run.
Cover your head – It is estimated that you can lose 30% of body heat through your head, so cover your noggin.
Run to daylight – If you can, run during the daytime when the sun is out. Remember to grab your shades, especially if there’s snow on the ground, as the glare can be very hard on the eyes.
Be seen – If you can’t run during the day, make sure you wear reflective clothing at night and keep in mind that driving conditions are treacherous, so give extra room to cars.
Drink up – Even though it’s cold out there, you’re still going to sweat, especially on those long runs. So remember to stay hydrated.
Stay safe – Keep in mind that it’s slippery out there. Shorten your stride and slow down. If you can, run with a friend.
Now it’s time for the first Thursday Trivia Challenge of 2014. Kudos to Jose Colloa who correctly answered that Abraham Beame followed John Lindsay as mayor of New York City. Come in and claim your New York Running Company t-shirt. This week’s question has a New Year’s Eve theme: Who was the bandleader who, from 1929-1976, famously rang in the new year in New York City on radio and later on TV? Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org (put Trivia in the subject) and we’ll select one winner from all the correct entries.