Good article. I love to run in the winter, especially with the padded crunch of a fresh, light snow beneath my feet. Ditto on the advice to not overdress...your body is pretty darn efficient at producing heat when exercising. I usually aim to be slightly uncomfortable when I walk out the door, knowing that in 5 minutes I'll be real glad I didn't add on extra layers. Most of my winter running is in parks &/or on trails. That way I avoid cars. I don't like running in traffic to begin with, but much less so in the winter with slippery roads. Also, the colder the air, the more exhaust fumes linger by the roads due to higher air density -yuck. I also like to wear mid-weight wool blend socks on cold days. The wool breathes & wicks nicely, and also insulates well even when wet. For those who haven't tried running in the cold, give it a shot! You might be surprised at how addicting it can be. You've just gotta get past the first couple minutes of chill, and it's great from there.
The article is great and exactly what I needed to get me motivated to get back outside - I have missed exercising outdoors since the cold weather got here. One tip I will add is to remember sunscreen even in winter especially if going out in the snow because on a sunny day it reflects off the snow and can burn noses just like at the beach!
For the last few years I've trained outdoors through the winter months for spring events. I've gotten to the point where I couldn't imagine getting through a long winter without running. I think light layers are key... I always dress as if the outsided temp is 20 degrees warmer than what it actually is. That way when my body warms up it isn't too hot.
When it's really cold (below 20*) carry water bottles upside down. Pull jacket over water belt or camelbak. Pay attention and blow out the valves after drinking. Start with room temp. water or even nuke it for a minute before the run.
12/18/2009 10:20:05 PM
I joined an outdoor fitness class. FUN. Haven't mastered the clothing issue yet. Still get too hot. I ditched my cotton for this class.
I especially like the dryer idea. I always dress too warm cuz it is cold, then end up sweating in soggy clothes. I will try this with a wicking long sleeve shirt & a fleece shirt over it & see how it goes. Thanks for the ideas.
At www.PBS.org you can read about the NOVA program which trained 12 couch-potato people so they ran the BOSTON MARATON after 9 months. It is very interesting as they all finished the race. It was controlled by Tufts University and all the major science was used and recorded.
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