Winterize Your Run
How to Brave the Chill
Do a quick indoor warm-up. Before you head outside, "raise your core body temperature with dynamic stretches," Gaudette says. Do these five lunge variations -- forward, forward with a torso twist, side, diagonal, and reverse -- in your living room pre-run, completing five reps on each side.
Dress the part. Rule of thumb: "Tighter apparel will trap heat better," Gaudette says. Cold? Begin with a formfitting long-sleeve base layer and a fleece pullover (we like the Eddie Bauer Cloud Layer Pro Fleece 1/4-Zip pullover, $60, eddiebauer.com). Wear a hat and mittens and add the following layers as the temps dip:
- 32 to 20 degrees: Cover up with an extra outer shell, like a wind-resistant jacket.
- 20 to 10 degrees: Upgrade your wind-resistant jacket to one with a little more insulation.
- 10 to 0 degrees: Go for an even heavier wind-resistant jacket and have a thin scarf or balaclava wrapped around your mouth to help warm the air before it hits your lungs.
Lean into it. Run with the wind in your face to start. "Otherwise, if you run in the same direction as the wind for the first half, you'll get hot and sweaty. Then, when you turn around, you'll get chilled from the cold," Gaudette says.
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