Disclosure: I was provided a pair of Trailheads Convertible Mittens free of charge for the purpose of a product review and giveaway. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are my own, and I am not obligated to give them a positive review. If I hated them, I'd tell you.
If it is icy, really snowy, or extremely windy and below freezing, I'll run indoors or take the day off. If it is cold but dry, I'll at least attempt the outdoor run. Here are my five tips for running in the cold based on my own experiences.
1. Find a partner.
Everything is a little more tolerable when you have someone with you to share in the
2. Dress warm, but in layers.
The rule of thumb is that you should dress as if it is 15-20 degrees warmer than the actual temperature, because after you start running your body temperature will rise. I generally wear running tights, a fitted long sleeve base layer, a light technical jacket, then something over that when it is really cold so that I can strip my layers off as I warm up. Running in loops around my neighborhood makes it convenient to drop layers on my front porch as I pass the house.
3. Warm up.
Warm up inside first to get your blood flowing before you head out into the cold. Jumping jacks, butt kicks, high knees, or jogging in place will do the trick.
4. Avoid Cotton.
Wear clothing that wicks moisture away from the body. Avoid cotton running gear (in any weather). The last thing you want is to get sweaty and have your wet clothes sticking to you in freezing temperatures. Remember that cotton absorbs moisture, polyester wicks moisture away. Just say no to cotton. Friends don't let running friends wear cotton. This is your brain on cotton (OK, that one doesn't work).
|Friends don't let running friends wear cotton|
5. Cover your ears, head, fingers and toes.
Wear a hat or a headband to keep your ears and head warm. Wear socks that aren't made of cotton for warm dry toes, and wear gloves. Remember what I said about layers? You can layer your gloves too! I love these gloves that Trailheads sent me for a product review. They are technical running gloves that convert from a warm mitten to fingerless gloves by just tucking the mitten part into a pocket on the back of the glove. Even the thumb tips come off and have magnets to keep them down so they don't flop around during your run. When your body temperature rises and you start to get warm, instead of taking your gloves off, you can remove "a layer" by just taking off the mittens to reveal the fingerless gloves. It is an easy way to cool off a little without risking losing your gloves by removing them completely (which has happened to me more times than I care to count). Ever come home with just one glove in your pocket? Annoying! These are also great when you need to use your phone, because you can quickly remove the mitten to use your touch screen.
how to make your treadmill runs not suck (I know, seems impossible). Also always carry your phone with you when running in less than desirable conditions so that you can call for help if you need it.
Do you like these Trailheads gloves? Trailheads generously offered up a pair of the Women's Power Stretch Convertible Mittens for a giveaway! They are also offering a discount code just for Running with Ollie readers if you want to buy them (or anything else site wide). Use discount code OLLIE020 for 20% off site wide from 2/17 - 2/24. This is an affiliate link, which means I get a very small percentage if you decide to buy, which helps support this blog. The price you pay is the same whether you buy through my link or direct from their site.
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