If you're training for a race or running just for kicks during the chilly months of the winter season, chances are you've had to tough out some uncomfortably cold runs. We've all heard the standard advice - wear layers, dress for temperatures slightly warmer than the real feel since you will warm up, etc. But, there are a few additional simple steps you can utilize as you gear up to brave running in the cold. From your head to your toes, these easy steps will make a big difference in how warm and comfortable you feel once you're out there.
Earlier this week, my husband asked my 3 year old, Zoe, what she was going to get me for Mother's Day. Without any hesitation, she announced I was getting a BRAND NEW fishing pole. Zoe loves fishing. For me, fishing ranks up there with mornings without coffee or going to the dentist, but, based on her excitement, I think my fate is sealed.
You, unlike Zoe, may not be prepared with the most perfect gift for Mom, but, don't worry, we're here to fix that. I asked the Catonsville Moms Run This Town group (700+ members strong!) what was on their Mother's Day wish list and here are the top 5 answers:
So your cousin proudly announced at Thanksgiving that he wants to run his first race after the New Year. Or maybe your mom has taken up daily morning runs on the gym treadmill. You now have the perfect reason to gift something running related that will excite your loved ones this holiday season. Fear not if you don’t know where to start, we have eight great ideas for you to wrap with a shiny bow.
Well it finally happened. It got cold. After running in shorts and short sleeves for months, it’s finally time to break out the leggings and quarter zip jackets. It’s the holiday season, when it’s harder than ever to motivate yourself to climb out from under the warm, fleece blankets covering your bed and layer up to keep comfortable during a chilly, winter run. However, it can also be the time for glorious runs through the snow and neighborhoods lit up with decorations if you prepare yourself well for the conditions.
Runs during the fall and winter seasons require a little more planning that those effortless summer runs when you can simply roll out of bed and throw on shorts and a tank. If you are a year-round runner, you are bound to fall prey to some early morning or late evening runs in the dark. Make sure to follow these extra steps to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable run from the moment you take your first stride.
From Sunday, Aug. 14 to Saturday, Aug. 20, the great state of Maryland provides a week of tax-free shopping on qualifying apparel and footwear items $100 or less (Check out the complete list here). In addition, Charm City Run and VITA are covering the tax on apparel and footwear priced more than $100 and ALL accessories, which are not included in the tax-free week.
"If you wait for perfect conditions, you'll never get anything done."
We're not sure who said that, but we'd like to thank them for giving us the motivation to lace up when it's below 30 degrees outside! Running in the cold (especially when we're staring down a winter blizzard!) can be challenging, but knowing how to dress properly will make a world of difference. Here's the gear you need to stay safe, warm and happy on you winter runs:
With lots and lots of rain in the forecast, and many of you heading into a races this weekend, here are some tips to get you through:
1. Just accept you are going to be wet and set a positive mental attitude about it.
2. Bring a few trash bags to the start to keep your body warm and dry (you can wrap your shoes too) until the race starts.
3. Plan to wear tighter fitting clothes since they will be wet and prone to falling off/down or cause extra chaffing if they are too loose.
4. BodyGlide everywhere you can including your feet– bring a travel sized glide and reapply right before the race starts.
5. Put a dry set of clothes (including socks, sports bra if applicable, and dry shoes ) in a sealed ziplock bag into your gear check bag.
6. Wear a brimmed cap or visor to keep rain off your face and out of your eyes.
7. DRINK even though you may feel less inclined to do so since your are soaked already. Stay on your hydration/nutrition plan.
8. Avoid running any crazy lines/jumping puddles just to avoid a little splash (you are already wet!)– especially if you are in a crowded section of the race– it’ll do more harm than good and possibly injure you or a runner behind you.
9. Have fun– you’ve trained all summer for this race– don’t let some rain drops get in the way of all your good work!
10. Did I mention BodyGlide?
Updated: May 18th, 2018
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: DEIRDRE WEADOCK
A Baltimore native and graduate of NDP and University of Maryland in College Park, Deirdre bought her first pair of shoes from Charm City Run while home visiting Baltimore from her job training dolphins in the Florida Keys. She became a part-time employee and full-time member of the Charm City Run family when she retuned to Baltimore and the National Aquarium in 2005. She joined CCR full-time in 2011. These days she trains CCR employees, runners, and pretends these skills help her handle her toddler son.