Running in the cold

Running in the cold

I always wanted to share my experiences on running in the cold, because this is something I always have to deal with here in New York. Winter running can be tough, annoying and super tricky. Do you like running in the cold? Honestly I don’t mind running in the cold at all, but I cannot deal with snow.

Especially in my area many times, sidewalks will not be clear enough to run, which forces me to run onto the road. It’s so hard to deal with the ice, the snow and the cold as a runner.

Running in the cold: My tips

There a few tips for running in the cold and how to stay safe during the winter months I’m always taking care of. One thing I can assure you is that the temperatures on the weather forecast won’t feel the same when you’re moving. 

Running in the cold gear: Dressing in layers is the key

Running in the cold can be a challenge. What should you wear while running in the winter months? Layer up with at least 3 layers, I wear a scarf, gloves and a head. Also make sure that you run with the wind in your face on the way out and wind at your back the second half of the route. If you run with the wind at your back the first half of a run, you’ll get hot and sweaty and when you turn around, the wind will get very cold.

First, here are some suggestions for basic winter running gear. 

  • Running tights (sometimes I wear two of them)
  • Long sleeve tech shirts to use as a base layer
  • A warm windproof running jacket
  • Running gloves 
  • Headband to cover ears
  • Winter running socks

I tend to drink a lot no matter how cold or hot it is anyways, but for some of us it’s different: It may be cold and dry outside, and you might not think that you’re sweating, but you could be losing just as much fluid in the Winter as you do in the Summer. Another trick to stay warm while running in the cold is to have an eye on the “feels like” temperature to determine what to wear. Especially when wind is present. 

Temperatures below zero

Here in New York we can get super cold winters where temperatures dip below freezing, be sure and pay attention to local weather information and warnings. Sometimes it’s best to hit the gym instead of running outside because cold temperatures and dry air can aggravate some health conditions. 

Post run tips 

As soon as you stop running your body temperature will drop immediately which is why you have to make sure to change as soon as you can. Have a hot drink and put something dry on wet hear. 


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