Two months ago I moved from Florida to New Jersey, and as winter approaches I am re-learning the basics of cold-weather running that I used to know when I grew up in Ohio. Here are a few tips I have learned to remember when the temperature plummets but your will to run doesn’t!
Love your Layers: Having several layers is the best way to control body temperature in the cold weather.
- Start with a base-layer such as my favorite, the Oiselle Flyte Long Sleeve, or The North Face Isotherm Long Sleeve with FlashDry technology.
- A lightweight jacket or half-zip. Brooks Essential Run Half Zip or the LSD Lite Jacket III for a water resistant layer in the sleet or snow.
A Merry Pair of Mittens: I find that gloves are my go-to, sometimes even before I put on a long sleeve. If you don’t keep your hands warm you can actually lose up to 30% of your body heat through your extremities. The Nathan Pop Top Convertable Running Gloves offer everything your hands could want, with the glove-mitten combo (soft on the inside, weather-resistant outer-shell). They are also perfect for running when its dark out (which seems to be much longer here than Florida!) because they have tiny LED lights that are visible up to 1,300 feet away. Like most new running gloves they also have “tech-savvy” index fingers that allow you to use your smartphone without taking off your gloves!
Keep your head happy: Hats are probably the #1 piece of winter weather gear, and recently I discovered the extra soft Trail Heads hats which offer a ponytail hole in the women’s version, Genius!
Long Live Long Socks: I’ve found a new reason to wear compression socks this winter. Not only do they help increase circulation and improve recovery, they also add a little extra warmth whether paired with a pair of shorts or worn underneath tights (this guarantees no skin will be exposed at your ankles!)
My last piece of cold weather running advice is to continue to stay hydrated! Sometimes us runners only feel like drinking water when its hot, but dehydration can occur year round and quickly lead to injury. So try drinking some hot tea or hot cocoa with water, perfectly paired with my new obsession:
Iced Gingerbread Cliff Bars!
Stay warm, and happy running!