Here comes the snow…oh so peaceful and white.
For those of you new to running, don’t let the cold and snow frighten you. You may discover how much you really like it. The animals make their way over the fallen branches and snow drifts. The stillness in the air is calming and it’s fun to listen to the crunching snow under foot. I actually find it much easier to run in the cold than the heat. I enjoy it more. The trick is getting out the door!
All it takes is a little planning, primarily with clothing. I find layering works best. A technical shirt, under a fleece, then topped off with a wind proof lighter weight jacket. Wear a hat as much of your body heat escapes through your head. Try a neck warmer that pulls up over your nose so you don’t have to breathe in extremely cold air.
This year, I started to wear glasses (same as I wear for biking) to keep my eyes from watering so badly. The area around my eyes wold actually get chapped from constantly rubbing the tears away. At first, I thought the glasses would bother me but they work great!
Of course, wear protection on your hands. I found that looser fitting mittens keep my hands warmer than gloves. Although when the temps drop down to single digits, I wear both!
As for legs and feet, I wear a heavier lined running tights with zipper bottom. Then I wear a higher ankle sock tucked under the zippered pants. The thicker running socks keep my feet warm enough.
I hope this helps. All the new technical fabrics are amazing. They block wind and moisture and breathe at the same time. Even though some items can be a bit pricey, if you care for them properly, they will last you a long time.
Now get out there and enjoy the winter wonderland!
I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter.
Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.