The cold weather is here and we still need to get those runs in. Here are some tips to keep you running and some gear that will help you push through that cold weather.
Grab a running buddy, you are more likely to show up to that early morning run if you have a buddy waiting for you, you don't want to leave them out their on their own.
Join a run streak for the month of January, this is a fun way to get out every day even if it's for a mile and you can post about it and once you have accomplished it you can brag about your bad ass running.
Join a running community, this is a great way to have a bunch of accountability partners and feel a part of something bigger than just yourself.
Pick a Spring race, having something to work towards and train for is a great motivator to keep you running through the winter.
Winter Gear - Here are some items that I love to use on my runs and a few suggestions that I haven't used yet. They suggest dressing for 20 degrees warmer than the air temperature so you do not overheat, sweat and then get a chill. With your layers make sure your gear is made out of technical fabrics that wick away moisture.
I wear thicker leggings and sometimes I double up, you could also try fleece lined, which I might just have to do!
For your top I would suggest layers and with one of the top layers being a half zip so when you get hot you can cool off by un-zipping for a bit.
- Thicker ankle socks are good Balega Socks are one of my favorites, I don't mind my ankles getting a little air or you could run in compression socks (I love the bright yellow & you will not get lost in the snow with that color) for full leg coverage.
A vest to keep your core warm and toasty and let your arms breathe.
I like to wear a head band to keep my ears warm instead of a hat but that's up to you.
On really cold days with wind and snow I would suggest wearing a balaclava.
I like wearing either mittens or just tight knit gloves for my hands, I've found the expensive gloves made for running do not keep my fingers warm.
You may want to get more of a sneaker with a bit more traction on the bottom for the real snowy days but footwear is different for everyone!
Get out and run and make sure to stay hydrated even though it's cold, you still need fluids.