winter running tips from rideau ambassadors
posted: December 28, 2009
Ready to run in the cold? Bundle up and read some great tips.
Winter is upon us, and the number one reason that runners or potential runners stay indoors is the COLD! There is nothing more invigorating than running on a cool, crisp winter day, with your running buddies and the feeling of accomplishment once you’ve done it!
how to dress for winter running
1. Dress as if it is 5-10 degree warmer than it actually is outside, as your body will warm up in 5-10 minutes after you start running.
2. Think layers, but avoid overdressing – start with a base layer and finish with a wind-resistant layer. With layers, it is also easy to take something off if you get too warm.
3. Use wind-resistant, technical fabrics – fabrics should be moisture wicking. Avoid cotton, as it soaks up moisture and sweat and promotes chafing. Socks should also be made of technical, moisture wicking material.
4. Cover all extremities – wear a hat, gloves/mittens, and a neck warmer or balaclava. Again, use products that are made of technical, moisture wicking fabrics. 40-50% of your body heat is lost through your head, so a hat is a must.
5. Use grips or tracks on your shoes to prevent slipping on ice.
6. Dress in bright colours, and use reflective gear or lights if you are running in the dark. Safety comes first – make sure that you can be seen!
We would love to hear some of your winter running tips below!