When you’re a runner, you know how important it is to stay on top of your routine — whether it’s to train for a race or just part of your daily schedule. Most runners like to run outdoors, rather than indoors on a treadmill. While running indoors can be an alternative when the weather is truly inclement, most still want to run outside. So here are a few basic tips to run in cold weather.
When you REALLY don’t want to go out into the cold to run, you can promise yourself something special at the end. Perhaps your favorite treat or perhaps a catch up with a friend. When you know there’s someone or something waiting for you at the end of the run, you won’t wimp out and not run. Also, running with a group will make you get out and run.
Warm Up Properly
Before venturing outside, move around and warm up inside to get your blood flowing — without breaking a sweat. Things you can do include jumping rope, or run up and down the stairs. And if you are inside your home, you can even do some “speed housecleaning” to get your circulation going! Getting warmed up will let you feel warmer outside in the cold.
You may think that because you are running in the colder weather, you won’t lose as much fluid. However, your body will still heat up and sweat. And, cold air has a drying effect, which in turn increases the risk of dehydration. So hydrate before, during and after your run! And just note that many public drinking fountains are turned off in the winter, so carry your own water.
Wearing the Correct Shoes
When running in cold weather, especially snow and slushy conditions, wear shoes that don’t have a lot of mesh. In fact, if you have shoes that have Gore-Tex uppers — even better. Also, wear socks that wick away moisture from your feet. ZeroPoint Compression socks are made from materials that are especially efficient in wicking away moisture, along with maintaining warmth.
During a cold weather run, you want to be warm without a lot of sweating as this can cause your body to chill. One rule of thumb used by many cold weather runners is to dress as if it is 20 degrees warmer. Essentially, you should start out cool and then go from there. You should wear layers of technical fabrics that provide a wicking effect, along with vents in the underarm area to provide a cooling effect as your body begins to heat up.
And when considering the proper running attire, compression gear is going to fit the bill. In addition to the cooling and warming factor, along with the wicking elements, compression gear can also benefit your overall circulation and oxygenation levels. Additionally, compression gear can help with your recovery process to help reduce soreness.
Should you have any questions about compression running gear for cold or warm weather runs, please contact us at ZeroPoint Compression!