Lots of us are guilty of it – the sun is shining, we’re outside running and then as soon as the temperature drops, we give up. But you don’t have to push the brakes on your outdoor running routine during the colder months.
“There is a way to safely run outdoors during the winter, but you have to do your research first,” shares Brittany Moran, Nike Run Club coach.
Here are her key tips to consider when running outside in cooler temperatures.
- Warm it up. Ease into your run and start out slower to allow your muscles to warm up.?
- Layer up. When running in colder temperatures, it’s important to wear multiple layers at first. It’s really a case of trial and error, and you’ll soon find out what gear and number of layers is right for you. Moran suggests a Nike Shield jacket to make sure you can stay warm and be seen, gloves, and a headband to cover your ears. Another quick gear tip: Make sure everything is sweat wicking, as you don’t want any wet material on you.
- Slow it down. When running in the winter, it’s important to be aware of your surroundings and slow down where necessary to avoid slipping on ice.
- Learn your route. Consider your path when running in the winter. Some people take better care of their sidewalks than others, so you may need to re-route from your usual summer routine.
- Drink up. It’s easier to miss the signs of dehydration when it’s cooler outside, so drinks lots of water before, during and after your workout.