As most of you may know, our office has been using the Couch to 5k program and preparing for the Huntsville Half Marathon in September! (Keep an eye on our social media where we will be posting pictures of our training!)
Many people make resolutions revolving around running, but with the ever-changing weather we’ve been having, it can be hard to stay on track due to the cold. So we have gathered our top tips for staying warm while getting your run on!
Depending on the day, you may need to layer. Running experts suggest wearing long underwear as your first layer, and a windbreaker as your last.
NEVER WEAR COTTON
Cotton will retain moisture, and it will not block the cold. Instead, look for a waterproof, yet breathable jacket and pants to keep you warm.
WEAR WICKING CLOTHING
Sticking with the clothing theme, wearing wicking clothing. When you are physically active and sweating, you do not want the sweat to stay close to the skin and make you colder. Wicking materials will keep you warm from the inside out.
WARM UP & STRETCH
Warming up and stretching is always important, but in colder temperatures, skimping on your warmup could be a dangerous move. When it is cold, muscles tend to get cold and stiff. So plan an extra 10 minutes to get your blood flowing pre workout to prevent any strains or tears. A good non impact activity like the stationary bike is a great warmup!
RUN WITH THE WIND
Dan Callahan, who has been running for 35 years-most of the time in cold weather- know firsthand the best way to stay warm out there. His genius suggestion: “Runners check out the direction of the wind and run into the wind for the first half of the run and with the wind for the second half. This way, you sweat more on the back end and avoid the potential freezing that can happen when you run into a stiff breeze after warming yourself up.”
Callahan also points out that it’s a psychological boost to know that the second half of your run will be faster and easier.
WEAR WATER RESISTANT SHOES
It’s easy to forget that your usual running shoes may not do the trick in colder temperatures. This way your feet will not only stay warm, but will stay dry to prevent any blistering.
We hope these tips aid in your winter training, and we would love to see your training photos! Tag us, or use the hashtag #CandessaRunsHH so we can see you in action!