Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Hot Tips for Cold Weather Running $50 Giveaway

Disclosure: Sports Authority provided me a gift card to shop for Under Armour apparel; however, all opinions are my own. If I hated it, I'd tell you. 

If you are a runner you have no doubt heard the runners' motto: "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor cold of night...." Wait. I think that one belongs to the US post office, but the runners' creed should be the same.

If you want to keep up your endurance training during the winter months you either have to make peace with the dreadmill or suck it up and run in the cold. The good news is that if you follow a few simple tips you can remain relatively comfortable while running in the cold.

Texas winters can start off pretty mild, but mother nature never fails to let us forget she can drop snow at any given minute. We've been known to have a 70 degree week followed immediately by a snow and ice storm. I was growing quite complacent with the mild weather when I saw the forecast for the next week and realized I was completely unprepared for the inevitable cold. Cold or not, my training must go on.

I teamed up with Sports Authority and Under Armour to get decked out for my cold weather runs. Under Amour has their Cold Gear line of technical workout apparel that is perfect for cold weather running. I am also giving away a $50 Sports Authority gift card to get you started with your own cold weather running wardrobe.


1. Dress in synthetic layers

The rule of thumb is to dress as it is 10-20 degrees warmer than the current temperature. You may be a little cold at the start, but should be warmed up by the end of your first mile. A big mistake that people make is that they over dress and end up too warm and uncomfortable. If you wear a pullover or zip-up over a synthetic blend base you can shed layers as you warm up. Look for wicking fabrics that pull moisture away from the body to keep you warm and dry.

Tip: I like to run loops past my house so I can drop off layers as I pass my front porch.

2. Cover your head, fingers (knees) and toes

It may sound like a children's song but it is important to cover exposed skin. We can lose a lot of heat through our extremities so a hat and mittens go a long way in keeping us warm in cold temperatures.

Tip: I like to wear tops with a neck gaiter so I can pull it up over my mouth and nose during those extremely cold temperatures.

cold weather running checklist

3. Wear fitted bottoms

Wear clothing that fits close to the body for the perfect combination of insulation and breathability. In extremely cold weather you can wear a loose fit layer over your tights. 

4. Avoid cotton socks

Cotton absorbs water which makes for a poor environment for your feet when you sweat. In order to keep your feet warm, dry and blister free, wear synthetic blend socks that wick moisture away from the skin. Just say no to cotton. Friends don't let friends wear cotton socks. This is your brain on cotton (Ok, that last one didn't work).

5. Warm up indoors

Take five to ten minute and warm up indoors before heading out for a cold weather run. You want to get blood flowing to your muscles in preparation for your workout. Some jumping jacks, high knees and butt kicks (dynamic stretches) should do the trick. If you like Yoga, a few sun salutations will help get those muscles warmed up before your run. It may take a little longer in extremely cold weather so it is important to warm up indoors to prevent injury.

Tip: Dynamic stretching can be more effective for a pre-run warm up than static stretching. Save the stretch and hold (static) stretches for after your run. 

6. Stay hydrated

It is easy to forget to hydrate in cold weather, but it is just as important as in warm weather.  Hydrate early and often during cold weather runs.

Please use common sense. If it is dangerously cold, extremely snowy or icy then it probably is best to take your workout indoors or take a rest day. Stay safe, my friends!

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Who wants to win a $50 Sports Authority Gift card so you can buy your own Under Armour cold weather gear? Enter below!

Sports Authority Fort Worth

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Contest runs 2/3/16-2/10/2016
No purchase necessary
Open to US residents 18 years of age or older
Must have a shipping address in the US
Winner will notified via email and will have three business days to claim prize
If original winner does not claim prize within three business days an alternate winner will be selected
Winner will be drawn randomly from all registered contestants in the US
Prize will ship within 30 days on contest end from Fort Worth, TX

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  1. Great giveaway...but I wear cotton socks- ack!

    1. hey can cause blisters, but if you haven't had any problem, then you're probably fine!


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