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Cold Weather Running

Some people like to think that cold weather is an excuse to take a break from exercising for a couple months, but this does not have to be the case if you are prepared. Winter is actually my favorite time of year to get out and run! Here are some easy tips to make those cold weather runs much more bearable. The most obvious and important tip is to choose the right clothing and especially shoes. Make sure to wear layers but keep in mind that wearing too much clothing can actually make you colder. Bundling up too much will make you sweat underneath, causing you to rapidly cool when you slow your pace. A good rule of thumb is to dress as if it 20 degrees warmer than the current temperature. This means that when its 30 degrees out, dress as if it were around 50! Also, don’t forget gloves and hat as your extremities will feel the cold more as your body tries to warm your core and blood flow is reduced to your ears, toes, and hands. Some people may also feel that their lungs are burning because of the cold air but this is completely false! Your body will warm the air to 98 degrees no matter the outside temperature. The burning sensation is actually a result of your trachea becoming extremely dehydrated from humidifying the air as it enters your body. Just make sure to be well hydrated and this won’t be a major issue. Lastly, make sure to have shoes with very good traction and little mesh to keep your feet warm and more stability on ice and snow. Now that you are prepared to take on the cold, get out there and go!