5 tips for running in the cold
Running in the cold is not a problem, as long as you use a few tricks. We want to talk about this in this post.
We have investigated the problem of snow, rain and clothing used in these cases. Now it is necessary to talk more generally about cold to understand that running is possible, if you really want to do it (and it is not mandatory).
Yes, first that: you are not obliged to run. This is the first and very important concept.
Running, like many other activities, is not an obligation, on the contrary… the doctor has not prescribed it and skipping a workout will not affect your future performance.
But if you’re in the mood and feel like it, go for a run. If you choose to go running despite the cold, here are some tips.
1. Warming up is very important
5-10 minutes of warm-up may not be sufficient on cold, wet days. So, make sure you warm up properly, which may mean that the warm-up routine lasts longer than the actual workout! It is not a problem. It’s winter, it is what it is.
2. Attention and awareness
Pay more attention to the terrain: leaves, roots, ice, mud, it’s all part of the game. Shorten your pace if necessary and try to develop a greater sensitivity in your feet: they should be “your eyes”, especially after dark.
3. That about the watch? At home!
These are not the days to set your best goals. Now is not the time for reps or massive improvements. Instead, try to enjoy a perfect running sensation, going at the pace your body dictates.
4. Breathing through the nose
If you can, you should always do it. But on cold days, it is essential: remember that nasal breathing allows you to warm up the air before it reaches the lungs. Injecting cold air directly through the mouth can have unpleasant consequences.
5. Wrap up… well
This does not mean “bundling up” too much. The market offers a range of specific products. You will have to choose the most suitable ones, depending on your tolerance or not to low temperatures. However, these things tend to be indispensable: long pants, suitable shoes (crampons can be useful for those who run in the mountains or on trails), thermal shirt, raincoat, cap, gloves, neck warmer. Don’t forget your lights, in the dark they are essential!