Well, y’all, this week’s Friday Five topic appears to be very timely as a cold spell is moving across the country right now. I was in Colorado earlier this week and the temps were just downright RUDE (like one degree. yeah.). As you read this, I’m probably on my way to Richmond for THE MARATHON where the temps are predicted to not get above 46 the entire day. Boo. BUT it is not supposed to rain, so that’s a win. Anyway, this week’s theme is Five Cold Weather Running Tips and as I mentioned, the timing is perfect!
- Get the right gear. I’ve written about this before (check out this post for more info) and it remains SO important. This means layers, gloves, something to cover your ears but being smart about it all. Don’t bundle yourself TOO much — remember that once you start running, it’ll feel about 20 degrees warmer than the temperature. I typically wear shorts until the temps dip below 45. Which of course, they will be this weekend in Richmond, so no shorts.
- Hand warmers. So I discovered the glory of hand warmers during last year’s horrendous weather. Not only are they clutch in your gloves, but when the weather gets really bad, you can do what I had to do and use the hand warmers in your gloves to melt the frozen water in the tube of your camelbak. Yeah, true story.
- Hydration. Sometimes when it’s cold, you don’t sweat as much as you’re used to and you may think you don’t need to hydrate as much as usual. Not the case — you’ll still need to hydrate while running in the cold!!
- Warm up. Don’t go from zero to sixty in sub freezing temps. Trust me on this one, folks.
- Cool down. Same idea — slow your pace to an easy run before completely stopping. Your muscles can cramp up easier during cold weather and seriously, ain’t nobody got time for that!
As I mentioned yesterday, you can track me this Saturday (bib number 5202) and I hope you do. On a complete other note, the DC Trifecta has a fun announcement! We are hosting an Instagram Gratitude Challenge! See below for more info and the challenge starts November 17. 🙂 Hope you’ll join in!