Friday Five: Five Cold Weather Running Tips

Thanks to DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up and this week they’re asking for cold weather running tips.

Now……………here’s the problem. I’m not a cold weather gal. I once had Christmas in Hawaii and I’m pretty sure that was my kind of weather!  I was okay with swimsuits and Christmas music around the pool! Just sayin!

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1. Anyways, so this week I came across this chart. I think it’s pretty appropriate….

winter workout layring guide

2.Cover your head and hands.  It sounds logical but sometimes people just want warm ears and they forgo covering the good ole’ noggin.  Heat is released here so hold in the heat and your chances of staying warm are much greater

staying-warm-winter

 

3. Start your run with the wind at your back.  That way when you’re heading back in and tired the wind won’t cause you to work as hard.

running-in-cold-weather

4. Change clothes quickly as possible after a cold run. You’re sweaty and your just holding that coldness close to those worn out muscles. Get some comfy warms clothes on. You’ve worked hard enough you deserve it at this point!

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5. You still have to hydrate. It make be cold out but your still sweating just probably not at the rate of summer time runs.  Don’t think you can go without still hydrate.

Winter Hydration Tips

So there you have it. Bundle up and keep moving.

bundle up A Christmas Story

And once again….Thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well.

Till next time……Cheers!

I'm stuck A Christmas Story

 

12 comments
jgambacurta
jgambacurta

I'm so bad about changing right away, mostly because I'm so cold that the idea of taking my clothes off sounds terrible. But that's a smart idea!

Fit_In_France
Fit_In_France

Love the chart about what to wear in which temps. Thanks for sharing.

mcmmama
mcmmama

I am awful about not changing right away. I was totally reminded today when I started shivering that I need to shower immediately in the winter.

ratherbsweating
ratherbsweating

Love the idea of starting out with the wind at your back! I will have to try that next time!

jenniferkentpgh
jenniferkentpgh

Love all these graphics, ha ha! The changing clothes after running is the biggest for me. I live a five-minute walk from the trail where I run, and that cool-down walk back to my house is brutal every time!

runningnreading
runningnreading

I really had to learn some of these lessons the hard way, unfortunately, especially the one about getting out of your clothes as soon as possible; holy hypothermia! That can be scary, too, because I just could not stop shivering, no matter what I did. I love this layering guide; thanks so much for sharing! I pinned it so I will have it for future reference. Thanks so much for a great post, Brandy!

JessicaJoy TheFitSwitch
JessicaJoy TheFitSwitch

Those are great points, and there are definitely some things I could work on, like getting out of my clothes sooner (sorry kids, you need to wait a little longer), and hydrating more post-run.  And, winter in Hawaii sounds like the best winter ever.  lol.  If you like link-ups, Jill Conyers and I host a link-up every Tuesday.  We have an amazing, caring #fitfam going on, and would love to have you join us. Info is on my sidebar.  So happy to meet you.  And your blog title, ROCKS! 

jenlefforge
jenlefforge

I love that clothing guide! And I'm with you - although I tend to complain about the heat as much as the cold so maybe I'm just a whiny runner?? Glad I found you through the link up!

pounds2miles
pounds2miles

@runningnreading I learned the "shedding the clothes quickly" lesson a couple of weeks back after a very cold organized bike event.  I was so cold my legs were shivering on their own. It was awful!! 

pounds2miles
pounds2miles

@jenlefforge I'm glad you stopped by!!! I'm a whiny runner, I know it and I own it!  Sometimes, it just is what it is.