Winter Training Survival Tips
Cold weather doesn't mean that you have to banish yourself to the treadmill all winter long. Follow these tips to stay comfortable and motivated no matter the weather.
What You Wear Can Make All The Difference:
- On cold days, you'll lose a reported 10% of your heat from your head, so it's important to keep it covered with a hat or beanie.
- The key to winter dressing, especially with your upper body, is layering. Not only do layers trap body heat, they allow sweat to move through the layers of clothing. The moisture is wicked away from your first layer to your outer layers, and then evaporates.
- You can lose as much as 30% of your body heat through your extremities, so it's important to cover those hands. On cold days, wear gloves that wick away moisture.
- Your legs generate a lot of heat so you don't need as many layers on your lower body. You can usually wear just a pair of tights or running pants made of synthetic material.
- Never wear cotton socks (in cold or warm weather) when running because they won't wick away the moisture, leaving your feet wet and prone to blisters. Instead be sure to wear a good pair of wicking socks made of fabrics such as acrylic, polyester, or merino wool.
- Stay accountable with a group. Whether it’s in a training group, our Tuesday night fun run or just a good group of friends; working out in the winter is always more fun with others.
- Sign up for a race! Get that date on your calendar to keep you pushing all through the winter. Blue Diamond Almonds Shamrock’n Half Marathon and 5k registration open now!
- Try something new. Now is the time to branch out and learn a new skill. Whether you’ve always wanted to try Triathlons or want to work on your speed- winter is a great time to test out something different.
- Don’t take your fitness so seriously. Splash in puddles, stomp in the snow. As long as you are getting outside and moving- it all counts towards your daily fitness!