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The Art of Winter Running

Now that we officially have snow on the ground here in NYC it actually feels like winter. The best part about the winter in my opinion is winter running. Not hot chocolate, ice skating and cuddling. I’m all about winter running! To some people it might sound crazy that I prefer to run in 20 degree weather rather than when it’s 80 degrees but it’s the truth. This wasn’t always the case but as I ran outside more and more due to training for 2 spring marathons I began to fall in love with winter running.  

I’ll never forget training for my first marathon in the winter of 2012. I was so excited to run in the cold that I went out and bought a new wardrobe of winter running apparel. Thermal pants and long sleeve shirts, running gloves, ear warmer headbands, down vest and running jacket. You name it I had it all. The only problem was that winter ended up being an extremely warm winter and I didn’t have to wear most of it. I had some payback the next winter when I was training for the 2013 Boston Marathon. That was a cold and snowy winter but I loved every minute of it. As long as I was able to get outside I was out there doing my runs. Some days I came back with a froze face but it was worth it!

In my opinion there is an art to winter running. Finding the right combination of clothing for the elements and being strong enough to not quit when your face becomes numb is a true art form. It took me years of practice to get it right but now I have it down to a science. It doesn’t hurt that winter running fashion is so cute!

Today I’m hoping to turn you all into winter running lovers by sharing my tips on how to run in the cold. Enjoy!

  1. Just do it! The hardest part about winter running is getting outside when you know it’s cold outside. Once you get out the door and start running you’ll warm up in no time and feel like a total badass. So my tip is just to do it. Lace up and get outside! Simple as that.
  2. Dress properly. The hardest part of winter running is dressing for it. In my opinion it’s better to underdress than overdress. Your body will warm up more than you think and even if you have a place along your running route to stash your layers, if you begin to cold sweat too much you won’t be able to strip down a layer or two. However you’ll always want to keep your fingers in ears warm so invest in good running gloves and headband/hat like I’m wearing above.
  3. Warm up before you head out. I always foam roll and do some dynamic stretches before a run but it’s even more important to do so in the winter. Proper blood flood is important before heading out into the cold. It help keep the muscles loose. You can even do a warm up mile on the treadmill before heading outside for the real thing.
  4. Don’t stress about speed. If there’s any traces of snow or ice on the ground, don’t stress about how fast you’re running! Take it from someone who has had her fair share of falls. It’s not worth it! There will be plenty of other run days for you to pick up the pace.  
  5. Be smart! As you can tell I’m all about winter running but all at the safety of the runner. Iddy taking care of one of the children at essay online www.order-essay-online.net tabora league of children. Don’t be a hero and try to run in the middle of a blizzard. Be smart about your runs. You won’t win a prize for running in the worst conditions possible. Try to run in the daylight so you can see where there may be some hidden ice patches and avoid big puddles. No one wants frozen feet!

I hope these tips inspire you to get out and run this winter! Who knows, you might even like it as much as I do!

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