If you're an 80’s or 90’s baby, then chances are you remember Rocky IV (4) and Rocky running all over the Snow Covered COLD Russian mountains training to beat Ivan Drago.
Unfortunately life doesn't always imitate art LOL. Running outside in Snow, Freezing Temps, and Ice is NOT as sexy as it looks on TV.
Running in cold weather can be challenging, but it can also be a fun and rewarding experience. Maintaining a normal body temperature is important for optimal performance while running in cold weather.
So, to optimize your performance in the cold; Here are six tips for "Running in cold & freezing rain":
- - Dress in layers: Wearing multiple layers allows you to easily adjust your body temperature as needed. Choose moisture-wicking materials for the first layer, and insulating layers for the middle and outer layers.
- - Protect your hands and feet: Wear gloves and socks made of moisture-wicking materials to keep your hands and feet warm and dry. It's also a good idea to wear shoes with good traction to prevent slipping on wet surfaces.
- - Cover your head and face: A hat and a neck gaiter or face mask can help keep you warm and protect your face from the cold and rain.
- - Stay hydrated: It's important to stay hydrated even in cold weather, so bring water with you on your run and take sips regularly.
- - Watch for signs of hypothermia: Hypothermia is a serious condition that can occur when your body temperature drops below normal. Signs include shivering, slurred speech, and confusion. If you experience any of these symptoms, stop running immediately and seek shelter.
- - Take it easy: Cold and wet weather can be tough on the body, so it's important to listen to your body and take it easy on days when the weather is particularly harsh. It's better to take a shorter, slower run than to push yourself too hard and risk injury.
By following these tips, you should be able to maintain a normal body temperature and enjoy your run in the cold weather.
Remember, running is a mental as well as a physical activity, and it's okay to have tough runs. It's all part of the process of becoming a stronger runner.