Nobody knows cold weather running like Keith Hanson, founding coach of the Hansons-Brooks Original Distance Project based in Michigan. Here are his top five tips for running in the cold. Add yours in the comments!
1. Avoid the Treadmill
Get out and enjoy winter. If you wear proper clothing, winter running can be a blast. Many people hibernate, so normally crowded areas become quite peaceful. Snow covered parks and neighborhoods make me feel like all my courses are new. Get out and take advantage of it.
2. Do Not Overdress
It is easy to overdress during the colder winter months. Overdressing can cause you to perspire and actually become colder. Stop by your local running specialty shop and get the best available winter wicking fabrics. The Brooks Equilibrium Thermal shirts or Utopia Thermal tights will not disappoint. All men will need to pick up a few pairs of thermal wind briefs or boxers to avoid an unpleasant winter run.
3. Run With a Group
At Hansons Running Shops, we find our Thursday group runs sometimes get larger on the coldest winter days. I believe some show up thinking that no one would be crazy enough to run on particularly windy, wet, cold winter day. Once they see the other crazy folks the peer pressure kicks in. These are the days that make for the best stories.
4. Wear Something Visible
For those who prefer to run outside and work a traditional work week, your winter runs will be in the dark. Make sure to wear your Brooks Nightlife jacket and a head lamp. Your options for visible winter wear are plentiful, make sure to put these things on your holiday wish list.
5. Find Spots Clear of Ice and Snow
Do your best to find areas that are kept clear of ice and snow. We are fortunate to have a great Metro Park system in the Detroit area that plows and salts paths for winter running. Search for your local area that keeps things clear. College campuses are usually a good option.
What training tips do you have for running in the cold?