As the mornings get darker and and the roads frostier, your pavement-pounding routine will be harder and harder to keep up—but don't give into the cold! There's only one thing between you and a blissful winter of running: the right gear. Cover all your bases with the best heat-trapping and sweat-wicking fabrics, and before you know it, you'll be counting down the last few miles until spring.
Hot Tip: Aim to dress for fifteen to twenty degrees warmer than the actual outside temperature (your body will do the extra heating up for you!).
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10 Tips to Keep You on Track
- Set your morning alarm to something epic—the Rocky theme song should do the trick.
- Invest in an extra room heater to make waking up decidedly easier.
- Find a running buddy to help hold you accountable.
- Warm up with a pre-run around you house so the blast of cold air isn't quite so shocking.
- Be flexible! If it's sleeting outside, take the day off. Don't burn out from unrealistic expectations.
- Safety first: Less daylight calls for more reflective clothing, so load up.
- Run into the wind for the first half of the run, and with the wind at your back for the second. That way the home stretch is less brutal.
- Remember to drink water. You won't sweat as much in the cold, but you still need to hydrate.
- Change as soon as you get home. Sitting around in damp, cold clothing is asking for trouble.
- Sign up for a spring race—now you have to train!