November 14, 2014

5 cold weather running tips

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?



38 comments:

  1. Beware of the black ice and workout inside if you need to. Good luck with Richmond this weekend (both running and spectating) :)

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  2. Great tips! I do not run well in the cold, but will be running in 25 degree weather tomorrow morning ahhh, I invested in a NB cold weather running jacket this week and it feels amazing. Much more than I would typically spend on running gear, but hopefully it's a good investment!

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    1. God gear is worth the investment. Enjoy your new jacket

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  3. I like the sunglasses tip. I usually do this as well, my eyes are sensitive and end up tearing! I can't believe cold weather is here and winter is on it's way...

    Karen @karenlovestorun

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  4. gloves and headbands are a must for me! I never thought of sunglasss, thank you.

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    1. Gloves and hat or headband are must for cold runs!

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  5. Sunglasses with interchangeable lenses so in the dark you can put in clear (or yellow) lenses.

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    1. I have those for my ski goggles. Great idea for running glasses

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  6. Sunglasses all the time, that's me. I need to find those tights, maybe to wear under pants to work. I have some Columbia slippers that I think have the same feature - toasty.

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    1. Love the new Columbia gear I saw yesterday at my running store! #christmaslist

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  7. Great advice about reflective clothing and watching your tempo. I finally bought a reflective belt that will hopefully help me out for those late runs!

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    1. Oh that should be great when it's still dark outside

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  8. The sunglasses are a great tip and I probably wouldn't have even thought about wearing them in the winter. I remember how bad my eyes and eye lashes felt last year while running in the cold. Maybe this will give them more protection!

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    1. Give sunglasses a try. They work well for me

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  9. Oooohhh. I need to check out the tin foil tights!

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    1. I love the tights and can wear as long underwear too

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  10. Very good list. I love all the things that are often overlooked like sun glasses and hydrating. Have a great weekend!

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  11. Most people don't think to wear sunglasses in the winter, but its just as important as in the summer. Especially if there is snow on the ground, that sun can reflect pretty strongly off of it.

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    1. My eyes are very sun sensitive so glasses are a must. Also, if you have light colored eyes you need more protection

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  12. My eyes were watering so bad this morning! I never thought about sunglasses helping! Good luck this weekend Christine!!!

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    1. Thanks Mindy and grab those sunglasses next time

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  13. sunglasses is an EXCELLENT tip! SOO SOOO EXCITED to meet you ladies this weekend :)

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  14. #4 is great advice! Often overlooked but easily done.

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  15. Layers, layers, layers, I shed as I go and end up with stuff tied around my waist.
    However, at least I am always comfortable that way.

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    1. I'm planning to do that tomorrow on race day Abby!

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  16. Good point about protecting your eyes from the cold! I'll have to give that a go :)

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  17. All every good points! I always get tripped up on sunglasses because I have to wear prescription ones and switching them out from my regular glasses is annoying. Gosh I remember those New England winters yet my office would never shut down!!

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  18. Fully agree with buying good quality base layers. Definitely worth the price. Where did you grow up in New England ? I am originally from Maine...

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  19. I'm a goldilocks runner. I complain all summer about the extreme AZ heat, but then in the winter, I can't deal when it drops into the 40s. ;)

    Great pointers!

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  20. Kept my iPhone and gu gel in an outside pocket for a long run in 25 degree temps this morning. The iphone quit working after 25 minutes reading "temperature" and the gu gel froze. Next time I'll keep them next to my body for the heat!

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  21. My tip for cold weather running? Run on a treadmill ;)

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