Here is the follow up on my last video blog about how to dress in severely cold weather and share with you how I structure my runs during sub-zero degree weather.
Cold weather running can be uncomfortable and even dangerous if we do not take the proper precautions. Below are my tips to keep you running safely and comfortably.
Listen and watch the video here below:
Read the transcript below for more details:
Number one, I’d like to do a little bit of prep work before I go for that run.
Now that you’re bundled up and ready to go, begin with a warmup lap at a comfortable pace, jogging or walking. I will get myself engaged, check in with my body, and begin to get my heart pumping. I continue to body scan as I get into the routine of it.
After that first lap, my warmup is done and I check in with my body temperature and see how I feel. If I’m comfortable, I keep going, and if I’m getting really warm, I can shed a layer and leave it in the car.
As I continue my workout, I’m still passing my car regularly. This allows me to continue to check in with my body temperature and comfort levels. I have the freedom to easily shed layers or switch out my heavy hat for my ear band over my face mask, as I acclimate to the cold.
It also allows me to make a quick exit if something’s not feeling right. I can call it a day for safety reasons.
You can feel proud about your accomplishment and celebrate your win. I recommend writing in your running journal any a-ha moments you had about how your body related to the temperature. Also note if you need to change up any of your layers, if the location worked or not, and what made the run an experience to remember.
Our goal is to acclimate to the frigid temperatures and create a way to feel good in spite of the weather. Should you consistently find that the cold weather doesn’t serve you, other options are available. You can always turn to a treadmill or possibly find an indoor track for those extremely cold days.
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