What are some tips for running in the winter?
“I love running in the cold and snow, but cold weather running takes planning. Here are some things that I do to make running in the cold great.
Layering is a must. To be perfectly honest, I am still trying to get this right, because I actually put on too much. Recently, I received some advice from a long time runner, and he said to wear one less layer than you think you need. If the weather is below 20 degrees, for my upper body, I start with a layer of active wear such as Cuddl Duds; then a moisture wicking long sleeved tech shirt; then a jacket or heavier tech shirt; and finally a wind jacket (usually my bright reflective one for good visibility and safety). For my lower body, I wear the Cuddl Duds pants, a winter running pant, a pair of light wind/water resistant pants, high ankle wool socks, and Gore-Tex running shoes that are waterproof. On my face and head, I coat my forehead, cheeks, nose and chin with Aquaphor to protect against the wind and prevent chapping. I also apply Chapstick on my lips. I wear goggles or sunglasses to keep the wind out of my eyes and a gator around my neck that I can pull up over my nose if the cold is really getting to me. On my head, I wear a fleece hat to keep the top of my head warm or headband to protect my ears. On my hands, I wear gloves or mittens (I have found that mittens keep my fingers warmer). And finally, as the temperature drops, I will add another layer to my top or use hand and toe warmers.
When it is snowy or slippery, I wear YakTrax over my shoes and shorten my stride to take small, safe steps.
Even though it is cold, I still wear my fuel belt with water bottles to stay hydrated.
When I am done, I take a few minutes to stretch my hamstrings, quadriceps and calves on each leg while I am still warm. Then I get a bite to eat to replace protein, so my body does not break down muscle. Finally, I reflect on what a beautiful and invigorating run I had,” Kim Turner, PT, CHT Advanced Physical Therapy Center, Co-Owner.