I must admit it. I love running in the cold. I know I know, most people I talk to say they hate it…that it causes their lungs to burn and their hands and ears to freeze. But…..being in the mid….eh, hem…time of my life….ya know….I don’t get cold much anymore like I used to and I
hate do not like running in the heat at all!
The reason I’ve found is that most people avoid excercising in the cold is that, well….they get cold…and why do they get cold? Because they’re are usually not wearing the proper clothing to stay warm.
The key is layering.
Layer with a Dri Fit-type wicking material close to the body with a wind shear material as the outer cover….this applies to upper and lower body clothing. Wear gloves to keep your fingers warm and wicking socks also on your feet. Just remember cotton is the worst. Even as cold as it may be, you’re body will still produce moisture and sweat and once that cotton gets wet, it just sits there on the skin against that moisture. But the problem is that the water (sweat) has no where to go so now that cold, wet cotton sits there next to your skin as well causing you to get frigidly cold! A warm hat to or toboggan to keep that warm body heat from escaping through your head and you’re set to go!
Another great trick is to have a hot bath donned for you before you go so it’ll be just the right temperature for you to slip into when you get home and secondly have a pot of water boiled on the stove for a nice cup of hot tea to warm your innards. 😉
Do you prefer the warm or cold weather for your run? What’s your secret to staying warm?