winter

Today’s high-tech running fabrics make it easy to enjoy winter running. Here are tips that will make winter running easier and more enjoyable.

  • Dress in layers
    • Dressing in layers will allow you to peel off or add layers as the temperature, wind, and other conditions change.
  • Choose a highly-breathable base layer
    • This is the layer of material that you wear closest to your skin. It should be made of a high-tech polyester that “wicks” sweat away from your body
    • Wicking material will wick sweat away and decrease the chances of a severe chilling effect if the temperature turns cooler and windier, or if you slow down or have to walk
  • Wear a looser, second layer of breathable material
    • The second layer should be made out of fleece
    • The second layer adds extra insulation between your base layer and your outer layer
    • Vents and zippers gives you maximum comfort in a wide range of temperatures
  • Wear an outer layer of breathable, wind-resistant, water-resistant material
    • Vents and zippers gives you maximum comfort in a wide range of temperatures
  • Wear a breathable hat that can be pulled over your ears
    • During cold weather, you lose up to 50 percent of your body heat through your head
    • A breathable hat will decrease the amount of body heat lost
  • Protect your ears and hands
    • Mittens keep hands warmer than gloves
    • Earmuffs and a hat that can be pulled over your ears are great tools to keep your ears warm
  • Wear sunscreen
    • It is important to wear sunscreen if it is snowing or there is snow on the ground
  • Wear sunglasses
    • Sunglasses will provide protection against snow glare and wind
  • Wear reflective gear
    • Reflective gear will help you be seen by other pedestrians and motorists
    • This is extremely important if you run at dawn or dusk
    • Reflective gear can be worn on your torso, arms, your legs, head and shoes
  • Wear running shoes with good outsoles/treads
    • Winter roads are often slippery. Good outsoles will help you avoid slips and falls
  • Bring a cellphone
    • If you fall or have an accident, you can call for help on your cell phone
  • Wear socks made of synthetic fibers
    • Socks made of synthetic fibers will will moisture away from your skin and help prevent blisters and athlete’s foot
  • Run to boost your immune system
    • Running or cross training for 30 to 90 minutes a day, several days a week, increases the circulation of immune cells
    • Increased circulation of immune cells increases the protection your body has against germs and viruses
  • Do not run on ice