From a New Englander, tips on running in the cold...
As we enter into five months of shorter days with less sunlight, bitter cold mornings and icy roads, it does not mean your running has to stop! Why yes, we would all love to not worry about layering up the apparel, or scrounging around last minute trying to remember where you put your headlamp. Here are some tips that will keep you moving as winter is coming!
ALWAYS be seen
It is extremely important to be seen especially if you are logging your miles early in the morning, or at night. This means wearing something reflective on your torso, front and back. Invest in a reflective vest! Furthermore, make sure you are wearing a headlamp, so you can see, but also be seen from oncoming traffic.
There is never anything wrong with overdressing when it is cold. You can always shed layers. However, when you are in the middle of a run, you cannot put layers on if you didn’t bring them. Everybody’s “running” temperature is different, but I would recommend figuring out what works for you in different scenarios. For example, knowing what you will wear in 40 degree weather versus 20 degree weather. There usually is a difference. The more tools you have in your toolshed, the better you will be in each scenario. Lastly, always have a good set of gloves or mittens, and a warm pair of socks
Check The Weather
This seems pretty elementary, but it’s extremely important. Always be aware of storm systems coming in, and know the time of day when they will be affecting your area. Keep an eye on the temperature changes too. A single degree can make or break the decision on if you are going to run on the road or hit the treadmill. One degree the roads can be fine, another degree, they can be sheer ice.
With cold weather comes poor road conditions. Just like your car, sometimes it is important to have snow tires. Treat your feet the same! If you choose to run on sloppy roads, always use caution! I would recommend a trail shoe for better tread. Investing in spikes would not be a bad idea either, such as Kahtoolas or YakTrax. Keeping your feet warm and dry is essential too. Having a nice merino wool sock is key! Merino wool keeps your feet dry from sweat and water, insulates and is antimicrobial. Investing in gaiters would also be a plus if you dare to venture off road!
This week's blog post is brought to you by Thomas Paquette, devoted Feetures ambassador, photographer and lover of all things running. Thomas is a store manager of Ted’s Shoe & Sport, a run shop, in Keene, NH; and the founder and coach for Next Level Running Co., a personalized coaching service, serving the local Keene, NH community and athletes across the country. Taking another passion to the next level, Thomas is the founder of Next Level Running Photography, capturing emotions we can all relate to as runners & athletes with images of what makes us all vulnerable in our element on and off the road.