We may be in the dog days of winter, but you don’t have to put your daily run on ice. With a little extra preparation – and maybe some extra gear – you can power through in style.
The key to staying warm during a chilly jog is wearing layers. Running Hall of Fame member Amby Burfoot suggests a microfiber t-shirt, a breathable windbreaker, your choice of gloves or mittens, and a hat. You might also want to use a neck gaiter (not a neck gator). It’ll warm both your neck and the air you breathe in, which helps with that “frozen lung” feeling. Speaking of which…
Don’t fear “frozen lung”
If you’re new to cold weather jogging, the intense feeling in your lungs may be surprising. But don’t worry, your respiratory system may just need to acclimate to the colder temps. (Of course, if you have any concerns, you should exercise caution and talk to a doctor.)
Good fabrics, no sweat
Stay dry by keeping a moisture-wicking fabric close to your body – that includes polypropylene, capilene, and certain wool/synthetic blends. Burfoot says you can keep yourself from sweating too much by running into the wind, not with it. “Sweat is bad in winter, as water robs heat from your body up to 25 times faster than trapped air does,” he writes.
Know your route
With icy streets and snowy sidewalks, winter isn’t the best time to try out a new route. Stick to what you know (and closer to home if possible), and be extra careful rounding those corners – because slipping and falling isn’t the best winter sport.
Image: Running in the snow, No 2, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Carl_C’s photostream.