Don’t stop running because it’s cold! Here are a few tips to keep you comfortable as the weather gets colder.
Light up your body and light up your path
Dark mornings and dark evenings call for safety gear so you are visible to cars, cyclists and other runners…and you can see where you’re going. Headlamps or no-grip hand-held flashlights are great options to let you see and be seen. Reflective vests, hats and gloves will light you up. Reflective clothing is also a great option for the minimalist runner.
Update your shoes
Winter is a great time to invest in a new pair of shoes that can handle cold, slippery and low-light conditions. Waterproof shoes featuring breathable Gore-Tex or eVent will keep your feet dry, and the thicker upper material also acts as a windblocker for warmer toes. Shoes that have a gripy-er outsole, like an all-terrain or trail shoe, can keep you up-right in mud and ice. And shoes with reflective materials increase your visibility.
Dress in layers
It’s ok to feel chilly at the beginning of your run because you’ll heat up quickly. Dressing in light layers of technical fabrics designed to wick away sweat and block wind and rain will keep you comfortable. And don’t forget gloves and a headband or beanie; they are easy to stow in a pocket if you get too hot.
Ditch the cotton
Cotton shirts and socks are great for casual wear but they are the worse options when you want to break a sweat. Cotton doesn’t wick away moisture or keep you dry. Cotton socks, for example, absorb moisture causing the fibers to expand…leading to that wet, clammy feet feeling and blisters.