This week, cold weather running tips is the topic for the Friday five linkup with the lovely ladies of DC, Courtney, Mar and Cynthia. Be sure to check out their blogs too by clicking on their names!
Cold weather is not that prevalent in North Carolina, but growing up in New England, I know a cold winter. One year, I went to school only 4 days in February, and yes, I think we were in school until fourth of July!
Any outdoor winter sport requires purchasing some great clothing to make the sport more enjoyable and fun. Running is no different and this Saturday, we will both be put to the test of cold weather since the Richmond forecast is for starting temperatures for the Richmond races in the 20's. Brrrrr.
Here are some of the things I find helpful when running in the cold!
1. Unless it is raining or snowing, wear sunglasses. Cold weather will most likely make your eyes water and glasses will help with protection.
2. Buy well made, good quality base layers. Long underwear can work for runners, but there are also lots of different winter tights you can purchase at a running store. Last year, I needed to replace mine, and found that Columbia had an awesome pair that actually look like tin foil on the inside. They do a great job of holding in my body heat.
3. Despite lack of sweat, you need to hydrate just as much during the winter months as the summer months.
4. Keep your long run speed in check. It is so easy to speed up when the weather is cold, but you will be much happier on your next run if you keep the appropriate tempo for all your runs during the cold winter months.
5. Be sure to wear something reflective on your clothing and perhaps even a headlamp. Most of us spend some time doing our runs when it is dark outside during the late fall, winter and early spring seasons.
What tips do you have for cold weather running?