Winter is usually the time when most of us think about stopping our running as the weather gets too cold. However, it can be just as much fun to run in the winter as it is in the summer. It is just a case of preparing properly to deal with the changes in the weather. Most running retailers will have a wide selection of clothing especially for use during the colder months of the year, which will enable you to continue running all year round.
Proper footwear for the weather – Traction gear
People often have the reasonable excuse that they don’t want to run in winter in case they slip and fall over, resulting in injury. However, wearing the right footware can prevent most slips and falls. It is recommended to have at least two pairs of running shoes. You should have a pair for all your regular running in dry conditions, and a pair of trail shoes for wet weather or any off road running that you do. For many, snow and ice are extra problems that appear during the winter, and you can buy traction gear now, a good example being Yaktrax. These attach directly to the bottoms of your shoes and dig into the ice to stop you from slipping and injuring yourself.
With the right shoes selected, your next question should be how to keep warm while running in the cold wintery weather. The easy answer is that you will need to wear layers. It’s no good opting for a single heavy coat, as this will make you too warm once you begin exercising. So start off with a compression shirt or some other kind of base layer, and put your regular running shirt over the top of it. This should be fine unless the weather where you live is very cold, or you decide to go out in the rain or snow. In these cases, you will need to wear a third layer, a running jacket, which should ideally be waterproof, breathable and light in weight. All your layers need to be able to wick moisture away from the surface of your skin to keep you comfortable, dry and warm.
Your legs will become warm rapidly once you have settled into your run, so in general, you can carry on wearing your regular shorts. Personal preference will play a role though, and you might simply want to cover up if you think it is too cold outside. For very cold climates, when there is snow around, you should definitely opt for full length attire on your legs. But wear leggings or tracksters rather than heavy cotton jogging pants. The latter will hold you back and use up energy you could otherwise be using for your training.
Finally, there are a couple of extras you might wish to invest in for winter, including a lightweight pair of running gloves and a hat or beanie, so you can keep your hands and head warm and protected from the elements when you go out in the wintertime.
Just following these tips and preparing properly with the correct cold weather gear, it will be a breeze to continue running through the winter months, to stay fit and lean, and be ready for racing in the spring. For more about running and running gear, visit Triathonline.