Ice, Ice, Baby! It's freezing outside, so let's talk about preparing for a run when the temperature drops.
Here's our Head-To-Toe Must Do Check List
Head/Neck: You must cover your head and neck. We recommend wearing at least a Buff, which is a fabric tube that is designed to cover both your head and neck in many different ways. Other options are a stocking cap or ear band.
Body: Layers! We tell our friends that you should dress as if it is 10-20 degrees warmer than the temperature that you will be running in. Therefore, if it is 20 degrees outside, dress as if it is 40 degrees (if your body is typically colder than your friends are) and dress as if it is 30 degrees outside (if your body is typically warmer than your friends are).
30 degrees: 2 tops, 1 bottom. Long sleeve wool or performance fabric base layer and a light jacket. 1 pair of tights/leggings.
10-20 degrees: 2 tops, 2 bottoms. Add a thicker top layer along with your base layer. Go for two pairs of pants, or at least some taller socks.
Hands: Don’t let your fingers get cold, we repeat, don’t let your fingers get old! We recommend a pair of gloves or mittens. Many new running jackets and long sleeve shirts have mittens built in, which is a bonus. However, we still suggest having a separate pair of gloves for your hands. Mittens tend to be warmer, as your fingers are note separated.
Feet: If your piggies get cold, you will want to turn around ASAP. If it is at all slushy outside, we recommend shoes with a Gor-tex material or at the very least where shoes that do not have a large about of mesh or holes. Secondly, you will need socks that wick away moisture. Wool socks are excel at in cold temperature!
Safety Gear: If it is dark, which is common during the colder months, you should definitely run in a reflective vest and lights.
Warm-up: Before you go out in the cold, do some jumping jacks, jogging in place, or similar to get your blood flowing, but do not break a sweat. This way the cold, will not feel so cold!
Change: After your run, do not hang out in your sweaty clothes. Be sure to quickly change into something dry and comfy, because your body temperature will drop significantly when you are done running!
Bluestone Bike & Run and our downtown shop, Bluestone Running, have all the cold weather essentials you need. Swing by either location and we will be glad to help you out!